04 March 2015    

SHARE's new Training Calendar for January to June 2015 is out now!
To view or download click here (use the back button to return to this page).     

 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.” 

SHARE Annual Conference

Our Recipe for Success  -  we provide the ingredients, you get cooking!

Friday 6th - Sunday 8th March

Our conference is an attractive mix of workshops and entertainment and an opportunity to celebrate our successes and to learn, network and meet friends both old and new.
More information here

Then save this date! 

The SHARE/EVH HR Conference will be held on Wednesday 10th June.

We can confirm that Sir Brendan Barber, Chair of ACAS, will be a keynote speaker along with the return of Andy Cope from the Art of Brilliance.

More details to follow in the New Year! 

Rod Moves On

After over 20 years as Director of SHARE, Rod Hunter has now left to explore new areas. 

To mark his departure, a celebration was held at Tennent's Drygate Micro-Brewery where speakers included Lyn Ewing, an ex-chair of SHARE, Tony Graham, the first director  and Paul McShane the current chair.  Many complimentary words were spoken about his time with the organisation and Rod was also presented with a fabulous kilt pin as a token of appreciation from the staff and committee.

Rod will still be working in the sector and available for training through SHARE.
As Rod leaving is a trigger for change, SHARE will be reorganising to ensure that we can meet our customers' needs and continue to provide a high level of service to our members and the sector as a whole.
So it is business as usual for both committee and staff training and if you have any enquiries, please don't hesitate to contact either Olwyn or Alan on 0141-550-7595
Good luck Rod

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.
SHARE does not add VAT to any prices

SHARE Learner of the Year 2014
The SHARE Learner of the Year for 2014 Louise Williams of Milnbank HA was announced at SHARE’s AGM at the end of June.

Louise received the trophy from SHARE’s Chair, Paul McShane, along with a cheque for £100. Her Learning Log submission, as well as listing the training she had undertaken, also showed how this learning had helped her in her role as a Committee member, enhancing both her knowledge and skills.  

This was the second year in succession that a committee member from Milnbank HA won the award and the following were also commended: Nick Halls and May Hutchison of Milnbank HA, Jane Dunlop of West Lothian Housing Partnership and Tom McCormack of Clydebank HA.
Rod Hunter SHARE’s Director said “The completion of the Learning Log allows Committee members to see how learning can help them develop as Committee members and ultimately this leads to better decisions and better services for tenants”

Still Game! SHARE's Annual Conference  

Over 200 delegates, presenters and SHARE staff gathered at Peebles Hydro Hotel for SHARE’s Annual Conference. Entitled Still Game! it was designed to showcase the strengths and successes of SHARE members despite the current challenges facing the sector.
The opening session featured an amusing short sketch by the Baldy Bane Theatre group highlighting some of the pressures around committee recruitment and the Regulator’s requirements.
On the Saturday Gavin Oattes of Tree of Knowledge gave an excellent and energising opening address and the workshops that followed were well attended and well received. After lunch committee members discussed the issues that concerned them which included the cost of regulation and tenant scrutiny, attracting young people and professionals on committees.
Sunday saw a session on the Housing Bill followed by the closing plenary, “It’s all gone Pete Tong, but don’t Panic” which included two first rate presentations by John Mulholland of Garrion Peoples and Forgewood and James Tickell of Campbell Tickell. These provided some valuable tips to keep on the right side of the Scottish Housing Regulator. 

The generosity of the delegates in the raffle also raised £1500 for the British Heart Foundation.  

For Workshop Descriptions and Presentations click here

SHARE's Annual Conference next year is Friday 6th - Sunday 8th March.  Watch this space!

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, 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, 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, Director of SHARE, Tom Barclay Chief Executive of Clyde Valley, James Armit and Matthew Welsh of Clyde Valley.  


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