9:30 - 16:30
Housing associations have long focused not just on building homes, but on building communities. This year, Communities that Work joined with Learning and Work Institute to host the Housing, Learning and Work Conference.
Whilst the employment rate stands at a record high, big challenges in our labour market remain. Many groups – including social tenants – face persistent and significant barriers to work and too many people who are in employment face low pay, insecurity and barriers to progression.
This joint conference brought together social housing and the employment and skills sectors to explore the challenges our communities face, and to focus on the policy and commissioning landscape. Sessions shared what works for improving life chances, preparing people for long term, sustainable employment and create vibrant working communities.
Universal Credit and welfare reform – what has been the impact of Universal Credit on social tenants, and on housing associations? We will hear how housing associations have been supporting tenants to manage the transition.
Work disability and health – social tenants are particularly likely to face disability, health and mental health related barriers to work. Experts will explore the recent developments and next steps in work, health and disability policy, and explore best practice from housing associations in supporting people to overcome barriers and access work.
In-work poverty and in-work progression – while more people than ever before are in work, too many people are trapped in low pay. Sessions will examine the nature of in-work poverty, and what can be done to support in-work progression.
Apprenticeships and technical education – the Government is seeking to boost the number and quality of apprenticeships to boost productivity and to help people progress in work. How can housing associations support tenants to access apprenticeships and support workforce development.
Community led social investment – housing associations have a clear remit to put people at the heart of services, supporting asset-based approaches and community driven interventions. What are the current and most effective approaches to nurturing community led change?
Mims Davies MP
Minister for Employment, Department for Work and
Chief Executive, RSA
Bharat Mehta CBE
Chief Executive, Trust for London
Delegate bag sponsor