The Housing and Employment Conference 2018

  • Wednesday 12 September 2018
  • St Bride Foundation Bride Lane Fleet Street London EC4Y 8EY

Registration: 09.00 – 10.00
Conference and networking:  10.00 – 16.30

The conference will play host to over 100 stakeholders and thought leaders from across the employment support and housing sectors and seeks to provide theoretical and practical examples of integrated services that are better preparing people for long term and sustainable employment; creating vibrant working communities.   The conference will address some of the key challenges for housing association tenants getting into work, and for those already in work to progress. This will include consideration of in-work support and progression routes, the role of secure housing and rents, commissioned employment services support, the role of the charitable sector, Universal Credit and ‘behaviour change’ practices to support sustainable livelihoods, and tenancies.

Draft Conference Programme
09.00 – 10.00 Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing 
10.00 – 10.05 Welcome and chairs introduction to the day
Lynsey Sweeney, Managing Director, Give us a Chance Consortium
10.05 – 10.30 Keynote Speaker
To be announced
10.30 – 11.35 Plenary one:  Devolution Now
With increasing energy and activity taking place at the devolved level, this session will focus on building communities that work from the regional perspective. The IPPR’s recent report will be outlined on the role of housing associations in supporting employment, followed by contributions from the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Greater London Authority leads on their views and employability workstreams.

· Joe Dromey, Senior Research Fellow – Employment and Skills, IPPR

· Phil de Montmorency, Principal Policy Officer, Skills & Employment Team, GLA

· Dr Julie Nugent, Director of Productivity and Skills, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

11.35 – 12.00 Refreshments and networking
12.00 – 12.40 Breakouts 1 – 3
12.00 – 12.40 Breakout one Enterprise

Sacha Anthony, Director, ASE Assist
Speaker to be announced

12.00 – 12.40 Breakout two Housing initiatives: Apprenticeships and Local Partnerships

Nick Parker Executive Manager, Vestia Community Trust (part of The Community Housing Group)

Speaker to be announced

12.00 – 12.40 Breakout three Young People

Speakers to be announced

12.40 – 13.40 Lunch, exhibition viewing and networking
13.40 – 14.20 Breakouts 4 – 6
13.40 – 14.20 Breakout four Impact and measurement

Dr Katy Jones, Research Fellow, Sustainable Housing & Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU), University of Salford
Gemma Hope, Director of Policy, Marketing and Communications, Shaw Trust

13.40 – 14.20 Breakout five In-Work Progression

Jackie Sumner, Head of Community Investment, Town and Country Housing

Hannah Murphy, Research, Learning and Work Institute

13.40 – 14.20 Breakout six Disability and Health

Emma Warren, Regional Contract Director, MAXIMUS

Speaker to be announced

14.20 – 14.45 Refreshments and networking
14.45 – 14.50 Welcome back to the afternoon

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association 

14.50 – 15.55 Plenary two: Into the Future
15.55 – 16.30 Chair’s reflections, Connect and Close
Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Employment Related Services Association 

ERSA Employability Awards 2018 shortlisted, highly commended and winning Housing Associations

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