New apprenticeship standard to boost housing as a career
Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Education
National Housing Federation
Nine housing associations and the National Housing Federation have produced a new housing apprenticeship standard, published today, which is aimed at encouraging more young people to choose a career in the sector.
In March, the prime minister announced that the sector was to join the apprenticeship trailblazer programme, putting employers at the helm of the development of an apprenticeship standard in housing management. A consortium of the nine housing associations has been working with the NHF since then to shape the future of training and skills funding for apprenticeships in the sector.
NHF chief executive David Orr said: "The standards published today have been designed by the housing sector for the housing sector to support the future training needs of all housing managers. Not only will the new standards improve the quality of apprenticeships by increasing skills and adaptability but we also hope it will create more opportunities and encourage more young people to consider housing as a career."
Orr added: "All too often housing associations are missing out on talented people who have the ability and skills to help respond to a rapidly changing social, financial and political landscape. The new standard will help capture these people and hone their talents."
The housing associations involved are Aspire Group, Amicus Horizon, Affinity Sutton, Coast and Country Housing, Futures Housing Group, Guinness Housing Partnership, New Charter Housing Trust Group, The Community Housing Group and Yarlington Housing Group.
Skills Minister Nick Boles welcomed the announcement.
"I’m delighted that the housing sector has developed a new apprenticeship standard in housing management," Boles said. "Since 2010 there have been 1.8 million apprenticeship starts and the housing sector is leading by example in the development and delivery of high quality apprenticeships that give people the chance of successful careers and help businesses get the skills they need to grow."
Chair of the consortium Tim Edwards, group head of regeneration at Aspire, said: "We are very pleased to have the new housing apprenticeship standard published as part of the joint work across the sector to raise the profile of housing as a career and support the skills of the sector."