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IEP and GUAC sign new partnership agreement

Posted By Heather Ette, 14 August 2017

IEP and GUAC sign new partnership agreement to enhance tenants’ skills and employment prospects

The Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP) and Give us a Chance (GUAC) are delighted to announce their joint partnership to provide learning resources, support and continuous professional development (CPD) for housing professionals working in employability support roles. This will help to enhance the skills and employment prospects of Housing Association tenants, residents and the wider communities that they serve.

Give us a Chance (GUAC) is the leading consortium of social landlords who are rising to the challenge of helping people into work. Their Mission is to transform lives by enabling housing providers to support people into employment. 

The IEP is the membership body for all employability professionals.

The agreement has seen the respective membership organisations sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together on strategic partnerships with a range of stakeholders, partners and government departments to raise the profile of their joint memberships and to seek national joint representation on areas of mutual interest. The MoU will also support the development of the Employability Apprenticeship Trailblazer and disseminate the new standards across the joint memberships after its launch. The agreement has been signed by IEP Chairman Scott Parkin (Fellow, IEP) and GUAC Chair Ian Simpson, from The Guinness Partnership.

IEP Chairman Scott Parkin FIEP said “Forging links with GUAC in this way will help us ensure that employability professionals operating in the housing sector are able to tailor the support they provide, to deliver holistic employment advice and support to Housing Association tenants that will help them gain work, progress in work and remain in work. We are very excited about the opportunities this partnership will bring and the benefits it will provide to employability professionals and tenants alike. There is much that can be learned by the wider sector from employability professionals operating in Housing Associations and I very much look forward to the sharing of ideas and the identification of solutions that can be used in other service settings. Through better integration and improved knowledge and insight we can continue to enhance the quality of service that employability professionals provide, and help to improve people’s lives through the genuine opportunity that sustainable employment brings”.

GUAC Adviser Lynsey Sweeney said “The IEP is the ‘go to’ organisation in setting high standards of service delivery for employment advisers, and has made great strides in the last few years to enhance the profile, professionalism and credibility of this important role.  The IEP maintain fantastic standards to ensure that all employability professionals work effectively and with empathy for their clients, and the development of new professional standards though the Apprenticeship Trailblazer are a welcome progression of their mission.  GUAC members carry out a great deal of advice and employment support services with our tenants, residents and wider communities.  The spirit of partnership, manifest in our MoU with the Institute of Employability Professionals, shows our commitment to developing and maintaining the highest standards of service delivery in the welfare and employment advice that our members maintain. We look forward to a productive, positive and fruitful partnership.”


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