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Housing, Learning and Work Conference 27/02/20

Housing, Learning and Work Conference



More people than ever before are in work. But still too many people remain locked out of employment and too many are trapped in low-paid and poor-quality work. Housing providers play a vital role in building communities that work; with investments in employment and skills support to help their residents access work and to progress.

Our joint conference with the Learning and Work Institute on 27 February will bring together social housing and employment and skills professionals to discuss these critical topics and share the latest in policy and practice. The event at Toynbee Hall in London features Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA as a keynote speaker and two expert panel discussions on the employment and earnings gap and welfare reform.

Sessions will focus on:

  • The new Government’s employment and skills agenda, and what it means for housing associations and their tenants
  • Best practice in employment and skills support
  • How do we support people with multiple and complex needs to overcome their barriers?
  • What funding for social investment will look like post-Brexit?
  • What role can apprenticeships play in meeting skills-needs and supporting progression?
  • How can community-led approaches help drive sustainable change and what can we learn from international best practice?

Our keynote speakers

  • Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
  • Rt Hon Therese Coffey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (invited)
  • Stephen Burns, Executive Director Community Investment, Peabody
  • Bharat Mahta CBE, Chief Executive, Trust for London
  • Catherine Ryder, Director of Policy and Research, National Housing Federation
  • Laura Gardiner, Research Director, Resolution Foundation
  • Kayley Hignell, Head of Policy, Citizens Advice
  • Sam Hainsworth, Head of Policy and Partnerships, JRF
  • Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute
  • Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, Communities that Work
  • Joe Dromey, Deputy Director for Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute

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