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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

New opportunity to develop young housing officers


Young people and the housing sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a new Housing Apprenticeship being introduced by the Government from autumn 2010.

The qualification will provide new opportunities for young people to develop careers as housing officers, especially 16 to 19 year olds whose training costs will be met fully by Government.

The Apprenticeship is supported by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) and incorporates two of CIH’s qualifications covering topics ranging from homelessness and finance, to repairs and maintenance.

The Apprenticeship is being introduced by Asset Skills – the Government’s Sector Skills Council for housing. The Level 3 Apprenticeship qualifications are designed to be on a par with A-levels and learners can also use the qualification to progress to a foundation degree in housing and a range of CIH Level 4 qualifications.

CIH Head of Education, Errol Lawrence, said: "This is an important sector-led qualification that should be attractive to both housing organisations and young people. The guaranteed full funding from Government towards the training costs for 16 to 19 year olds should be particularly attractive. It also creates another opportunity to promote housing as a career to a much younger group of people – many of whom are struggling to find career opportunities as a result of the downturn in the economy."


News release issued on behalf of the CIH by Jill Dwyer, CIH Press Office, Octavia House, Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JP. Telephone: 02476 851780 or 07786 716961. Email: .

Notes to Editors:

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the professional body for people involved in housing and communities. We are a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. We have a diverse and growing membership of over 22,000 – both in the public and private sectors – living and working in over 20 countries on five continents across the world. Our members work for local authorities, housing associations, Arms Length Management Organisations, Government bodies, educational establishments and the private sector. Many tenants and residents are also members. We exist to maximise the contribution that housing professionals make to the wellbeing of communities. Further information is available at:

For more information about the housing apprenticeship please visit the Asset Skills website at, email  or call 0845 678 2888 (local rate call).

Frequently asked questions on apprenticeships

What are Apprenticeships?

They are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships can train both new and existing employees. Funding is often available to train apprentices.

Where is the new Housing Apprenticeship available?

The level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Housing is available in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Asset Skills is working on a possible apprenticeship in Scotland.

Who runs them?

Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils: the National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund training. The Government has pledged an extra 35,000 advanced apprenticeships with investment rising from £17m in 2010-11 to £115m in 2014-15.

How are Apprenticeships developed?

Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content. Because they understand business needs, the training is relevant to each industry.

Where do they take place?

This is up to the employer. Most of the training is ‘on the job’. The rest can be provided by a local college or by a specialist learning provider, or in some cases is delivered by the employer.

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