Housing Associations Keen to Learn About the 'Adviser of The Future'
IEP Board Member, Pat Russell FIEP (APM’s Director for Integrated Health) joined with the leading consortium of social landlords, GUAC (Give Us A Chance) to deliver a webinar about the adviser of the future. GUAC members are committed to transforming lives by enabling housing providers to support people into employment.
Around half of working-age social housing residents are currently out of work and the unemployment rate among working-age social housing residents is almost three times that of other tenures.
Many GUAC members employ staff who support their tenants in a variety of ways so Pat talked about how the employability sector has developed over time and how important it is that we recognise that the people who work to help people back into (or stay) in work are delivering a professional and specialist service as much as, for example, allied health professionals or financial advisers are. Scott Parkin FIEP, IEP Chairman was also on the webinar and talked about the importance of learning and development and the value of professional standards for both individuals and employers.
From the 30 or so organisations that joined in, there was some interesting debate about integration of services, the importance of partnership working, the value of sharing best practice and the need to keep the customer at the heart of what we all do. There was also a lot of debate about the role of employers and whether everyone on the webinar was leading by example and becoming Disability Confident Employers.
GUAC and the IEP believe that there is already lots of good connectivity between employability professional and housing association staff locally – it would be great if there could be more shared learning for staff as well as good service delivery.
Under the title of The Challenge of Complex Lives, it is available to see again here