Highly Qualified Ageing Workforce Threatens Future Skills Shortage CIH Warns It Launches Housin

In an effort to avoid a skills shortage, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is launching its own housing academy to ‘centralise’ its package of qualifications and training.

The housing workforce is currently “more qualified than average,” according to the organisation, but it is also older, which means that skills may be lost as people retire.

One of the organization’s top priorities is to encourage young people to live in housing. The establishment of the CIH housing academy, which will bring all of its qualifications and training under one roof, is part of the plan, with the move expected to “make things clearer for people, whether they are just starting out or looking to advance their career.”

According to research commissioned by the organisation last year, more than 750,000 people were employed in housing in 2013. Of those, 37 percent were 50 or older, compared to 28.6 percent of all employed people.

According to the research, the housing workforce is more qualified than the average. More than half of the workforce (54.4 percent) has a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is significantly higher than the national average for all workers (39.9 percent ). People working in housing are more likely to be offered training by their employer than average, and are more likely to undertake job-related training.

“There is a lot of brilliant young talent in housing – just look at our Rising Stars or the graduates from the GEM programme – but we know we need to do more,” said Judy Waugh, CIH director of membership and education.

“As any housing professional knows, housing is a career where you can truly make a difference in people’s lives, and I believe we have a real opportunity to promote that to young people, who are increasingly motivated by social value and’meaningful’ work rather than money.”

The housing academy consolidates all CIH qualifications and training courses – regardless of how they are delivered or where they are held – under one roof.

“CIH is a learning and education organisation, and the housing academy is about putting learning at the centre of what we do,” Waugh added.

“Ultimately, CIH is all about providing learning for people at all levels across the sector, continuously improving standards in the profession, assisting people in developing their careers, and assisting organisations in getting the most out of their employees.”

“We’ve established the housing academy to improve how we do that.” We hope it will make it easier for people considering a career in housing to understand where it can take them, what their options for advancement are, and what areas they can specialise in through qualifications and training.”

Last Updated on December 30, 2021


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