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New landscapes of training for work: the extended role of housing associations

Funding body

Brunel University London - Athena Swan Award

Investigator(s)

Principal investigator: Emma Wainwright
 

Project description

Housing Associations (HA) are increasingly expected to engage with the Government’s Work Programme and to provide training for work for their tenants, a majority of whom are unemployed. Operating in the space between state, labour market and society, HAs are now at the heart of the employment and skills agenda. This project seeks to provide a better understanding of the role of HAs, the social processes and outcomes of training for work and, more widely, the impacts of current policy interventions aimed at engendering social inclusion and ensuring welfare to work. It explores the expectations and experiences of HA tenants enrolled on these courses and examines their impact on perceptions of further training and/or employment.

The project is based on interviews and focus groups with tenants who are currently or have recently taken up training for work courses through HAs, as well as interviews with HA managers and training providers. This project is conducted in collaboration with three London-based HAs: Catalyst HousingA2Dominion and East Thames.