Housing, Learning and Work Conference

  27/02/2020 09:30   Event ID :15416

Early bird ends 17 January 2020. Full programme release!

Housing associations have long focused not just on building homes, but on building communities. This year, Communities that Work (formerly GUAC) have joined up 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 inaugural joint conference will bring 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 will share what works for improving life chances, preparing people for long term, sustainable employment and create vibrant working communities.

The conference will focus on these key discussion points:

  • 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?

Showcase your organisation

Host a poster board

We are offering space for organisations to host a poster board. Your posters should be considered a snapshot of your work intended to engage colleagues and sectors in a dialogue about the work or summarise to the reader to want to learn more. We will provide the space, help print your poster and allow one person access to the conference to host your poster board. Find out more about hosting a poster board, please contact Mintra Sadler.

Bring awareness

Support our work by sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference. Find out more in our sponsorship and exhibition brochure.


Early booking discount available now. Fees are subject to VAT

  • Super early bird fee ended 29 November 2019
  • £150 early bird fee available until 17 January 2020
  • £200 standard fee from 18 January 2020.


Dr Fiona Aldridge, Director of Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute
Simon Ashworth, Chief Policy Officer, AELP
Matt Buckham, Communities Director, Sovereign
Stephen Burns, Executive Director Community Investment, Peabody
Joe Dromey, Deputy Director of Research and Development, Learning and Work Institute
Stephen Evans, Chief Executive, Learning and Work Institute
Seana Friel, Researcher, Learning and Work Institute
Laura Gardiner, Research Director, Resolution Foundation
Sam Hainsworth, Head of Policy and Partnerships, JRF
Julie Haywood, Director of Community Investment, whg
Kayley Hignell, Head of Policy, Citizens Advice
Bharat Mehta CBE, Chief Executive, Trust for London
Phil Miles, Director, Clarion Futures
Scott Parkin, Chief Executive, Institute of Employability Professionals
Catherine Ryder, Director of Policy and Research, National Housing Federation#
Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, Communities that Work
Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA
Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies
Sam Windett, Director of Policy, Impetus

Further speakers to be announced…

Start/finish time

Registration will commence at 9.15am, sessions start at 10am  and the day will conclude at 4.30pm.

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