SHARE appoints new Director
Alan Ferguson has just been appointed as SHARE’s Director. He was the Director of the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland from 1993 until late 2014. Before that he was a lecturer on the part-time and full-time housing studies courses at Stirling University.
Alan started his career as a community worker and worked for seven years with a range of tenant and community groups and federations. He has also worked in housing policy and spent a year with the Strathclyde Campaign for Investment in Council Housing for a year
A previous Board member of Link Group, Scottish Council for Single Homeless, PATH Scotland, Govanhill Community Development Trust and Cube Housing Association, Alan is currently a Committee member of Southside Housing Association and has recently become Chair of its factoring subsidiary. He is also Chair of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland and represents the Alliance on the Joint Housing Policy Delivery Group and the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum.
SHARE's Training Calendar for January to June 2015 is out now!
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SHARE/EVH Annual HR Conference - The Long Road to Happiness
Wednesday 10th June 2015 at the City Halls, Glasgow
On the 10th of June we celebrate 10 years of HR Conferences organised by SHARE & EVH. Looking back over the years we have had some memorable keynotes such as Greg Dyke of broadcasting and FA fame; Contented Cows Give Better Milk author - Richard Hadden, from the world of percussion Dame Evelyn Glennie, Time to Think author Nancy Kline and jam entrepreneur Fraser Doherty. These and many other speakers have stimulated us to think differently about life in our organisations as colleagues, leaders, mentors, HR staff, managers, directors and employers.
The conference this year will be on June 10th 2015 when wewill gather at the City Halls in Glasgow. We have a great line-up of keynote speakers including Sir Brendan Barber, formerly general Secretary of the TUC now Chair of ACAS, and Andy Cope from Art of Brilliance, as well as workshops from Brodies LLP, John Lewis Partnership and Edinburgh Cyrenians. New to the programme this year are some short showcase sessions throughout the day providing a broad range of products and services. We are confident there will be something that everyone can take away from the event.
If you haven’t already taken advantage of the early bird discount available till 10th April, please click here for the booking form!
New partnership brings valued housing training to Scotland
SHARE and Asset Skills Training have come together to offer the City & Guilds ‘Diagnosing Defects and Ordering Repairs’ course which not only teaches important maintenance knowledge, it also gives staff the chance to gain a nationally recognised certificate from the leading provider of vocational qualifications.
The training will be delivered by housing association practitioners and industry experts and gives candidates the skills to understand problems in properties so that they can order the appropriate repairs.
“This training package is really popular with our customers and we are thrilled to be in a position to be able to offer it to housing associations in Scotland. It is designed for non-technical staff like housing officers, repairs centre staff, receptionists or administrators – anyone whose job involves working with housing stock and properties”, said Julie Freemantle, Head of Asset Skills Training.
The five modules can be taken as standalone units, or combined if candidates want to achieve the full City & Guilds Certificate…
- Basic building construction (12 March)
- Condensation, damp and decay (30 March)
- Plumbing, wastes and drains (22 April)
- Domestic electrical and heating installations (7 May)
- Repairs reporting skills (28 May)
“The beauty of this programme is its flexibility,” said Alan Forsythe from SHARE. “Housing staff can attend when it suits them and their employer, and gradually accumulate the credits they need to gain the full certificate. Equipping housing staff with building maintenance know-how saves housing associations valuable time and money through effective identification and resolution of problems with their properties.”
For more information, contact Alan (0141 550 7598) or firstname.lastname@example.org or Olwyn Gaffney at email@example.com or call SHARE on 0141 550 7595
SHARE Annual Conference
Our Recipe for Success - we provided the ingredients and you got cooking!
Our conference was an attractive mix of workshops and entertainment
with SHARE the price you see is the price you pay
…….you get it for half-price!
Funding support through Flexible Training Opportunities (FTO) from Skills Development Scotland is available for the vast majority of our courses.
Up to 50% of the Cost: of up to 10 training courses worth £500 each can be match-funded through this scheme provided your organisation meets the necessary criteria.
For more information call Skills Development Scotland directly on 0800 783 6000 or check out their website at:
The funding agreement must be in place before the training commences.
(Please note that it can take up to 15 working days to process a claim but if you have any difficulties please get in touch with SHARE for assistance)
This funding can be used towards the CIH Level II Qualification and can reduce the cost of the Modern Apprenticeship. Call us for details.
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SHARE is proud to announce the first Housing Modern Apprentices in Scotland at Level II: Alastair and Lauren.
Pictured above from left to right are Alastair Burke, MA along with Director Shirley Robison of Barrhead HA, Rod Hunter, former Director of SHARE, Lauren Gallacher MA along with Director Ian McLean of Bridgewater HA.
SHARE was the first organisation in Scotland to gain accreditation for the MA in Housing at Level II and it is wonderful to announce the first two successful candidates, Alastair Burke and Lauren Gallacher. Both have worked hard through the process which comprises of the CIH Level II Certificate in Housing Practice and the SVQ Level II in Housing and Core Skills at SCQF Level 4.
Rod Hunter, former Director of SHARE said “Well done to Alastair and Lauren and I’m sure this will provide a great grounding for a successful and worthwhile career in housing. Also it demonstrates the strengths of our own organisation SHARE, meeting and responding to the sector’s needs”
Shirley Robison added “Barrhead HA was really pleased with the modern apprenticeship programme delivered by SHARE. The delivery of the qualifications, course work and experience required all went very smoothly and we gained invaluable experience from our apprentice. We would have no hesitation continuing with this programme to support opportunities for a career in housing.” Lauren Gallacher had this to add “It has meant a lot to me that the association has given me the opportunity to get a qualification in housing. It was hard work, but well worth it.”
If you have a member of staff who you feel would benefit from doing the MA, please call us on 0141-550-7595. Funding for this training may be available.
More People Pass with SHARE!
Pictured are some of the twenty-two candidates who have achieved the CIH Level II in Housing Practice with SHARE along with Rod Hunter, Director of SHARE and Tom Barclay, Chief Executive of Clyde Valley Housing Association.
Front row, left to right: Christopher Neilson, Kayleigh Halloran and Cheryl Fallow of Clyde Valley, Jennifer Paton, Joy Henderson and Caitlin Heaney of nghomes, and Claire Gaffney of Spire View HA.
Back row, left to right: Mark Shannon of nghomes, Kris Torrance of Clyde Valley, Rod Hunter, former Director of SHARE, Tom Barclay Chief Executive of Clyde Valley, James Armit and Matthew Welsh of Clyde Valley.