The Sector Skills Council for the places where we live and work
Asset Skills is the Sector Skills Council for housing, an area already undergoing big changes before the recession.
The economic downturn has impacted on the sector significantly.
There is more pressure for affordable homes and services to help people who are losing their jobs and facing repossession.
Shrinking budgets compound the problem, hitting some of the most vulnerable people in society.
The number of voluntary – or "third sector" - organisations now operating in housing are helping meet these challenges.
The housing workforce is also expected to contend with a number of new environmental regulations and measures that impact on their jobs. These require new knowledge and understanding.
Asset Skills works to identify and address skills shortfalls and ensure the right sort of training is available to all types of housing organisations across the UK.
Catharine Hinton, our specialist adviser for Housing, took part in the live Q & A session 'How to get a job in housing?' She was on the panel with other industry experts from Chartered Institute of Housing, Public Select, Wirral Partnership Homes, Halton Housing Trust, ClearerSkies and Lewisham College.
To see what subjects were discussed visit the Guardian On Line website here.
What does the 'Caring for our future: reforming care and support' White Paper mean for housing and social care sectors. Find out more at our joint event with Skills for Care.
Asset Skills have developed a new brochure 'Developing higher level skills in housing'. The guide lists all the higher level qualifications available in the UK along with case studies from each nation. Click here to read the brochure.
For more details, see the qualifications and standards section of this website.
For information on qualifications in housing, contact Catharine Hinton, Housing Specialist at Asset Skills on 07554 452 286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org