It is estimated that there are around 5,000 people working in Housing and Planning Sections of Local Authorities (LAs) and approximately 2,000 people providing housing and support services in Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs).
Housing services are so vital to both society and the economy. The portal is an initiative to recognise this key work and support practitioners working in the sector to pursue their professional development via education, training and learning supports.
The portal is one of the first steps in providing a framework focusing on four key areas:
Training and Networks: identifying opportunities courses; seminars; workshops; conferences and network structures
Education and Development: developing degrees; diplomas and certificates with a focus on social / affordable housing and accredited by the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
Support Services: establishing online learning and support for practitioners
Research and Publications: creating a forum for policy makers, researchers and practitioners to access and publish academic and research material.
We will be working in conjunction with housing training providers in relation to these key areas.
How the Portal works
The portal is essentially a central point for practitioners to access information on housing training and events. Whilst developing the portal, the Housing Agency has worked with a number of organisations that provide housing related courses, seminars and events. These are:
The Institute of Public Administration (IPA),
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH),
The Irish Council for Social Housing (ICSH) and
The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).
Events are listed as follows:
By topic – whether the entry is a training event, education course or conference/event,
By date and
The pages provide you with a summary of the event’s content and links to enable you to book in with the providing organisation.
We plan to develop the portal further over time to include:
A facility to document your learning record and
Online resources, including access to relevant research and publications.
We hope that you find the layout user-friendly and would welcome any feedback that you have.