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Welcome to the learning4housing blog. I will be posting my thoughts and opinions on a range of issues facing the social housing sector. You are more than welcome to post your comments, whether you agree or disagree on the points. The aim here is to stimulate some debate on these issues, whether they are about current government policy or about best practice in housing management or strategy.

is an independent training provider for the social housing sector. We cover a wide range of subject areas, including anti-social behaviour, homelessness, resident involvement, void control, choice-based lettings, and complaints management, as well as personal skills development around communication, negotiation, assertiveness, influencing, managing people, etc. Please visit the main website for more information at

Please call David on 07986 246406 to discuss your training needs and how we can help, or email at

Thursday, June 16

New Blended Learning Programmes now Available

Blended learning - that is learning that includes face-to-face 'training' as well as e-learning - has been around for some time. The benefits of combining these two approaches to learning are clear - many people still learn more effectively when in a classroom setting, with a facilitator and other learners. This gives an opportunity to discuss experiences, to engage with others in practical learning exercises, and to make the best use of a trained trainer who is able to guide and faciliate a session towards acheiving agreed learning outcomes. There are of course some limitations to using this approach, mainly around the need to embed any learning to ensure the necessary changes in working practices and behaviour actually take place after the training day. I always discuss this with participants at various stages of the day, and emphasise that 'training changes nothing - it's what you do differently that matters'.  There are also advantages and disadvantages to a pure e-learning approach, which many learners have difficulties with, particularly those who have a more activist learning style. 

The blended learning approach can therefore be very effective. To link face-to-face workshop sessions with activities and exercises that are undertaken outside the classroom setting, and that are aimed at embedding learning and changing behaviours, can get the best of both worlds.

For these reasons, learning4housing have developed two new blended learning programmes on Anti-Social Behaviour and Resident Involvement. As always, all programmes are suitable for staff, tenants and board members (and there are particular benefits in including all three!), and are initially available on an in-house basis, although plans are in hand to provide open access programmes in the future. An in-house programme also enables you to have the programme tailored to your specific needs and to address your particular training needs.

Each programme will include two face-to-face workshops, the first one being an introductory session on the principles of the subject concerned and discussions/excersises on the general context and background. The second workshop will concentrate on developing practical skills and knowledge around implementing new working practices. Workshops will include a wide range of learning tools, including open and group discussion, problem-solving excersises, quizes, video, and case studies. Following each workshop, a series of exercises will be set, with supporting on-line resources, to assist in linking the learning to actual work-based issues and problems. Exercises will be assessed and practical, supportive feedback provided, as well as access to a tutor throughout the duration of the programme who is able to offer practical advice when needed.

But, I hear you saying, in these days of austerity, can we afford such a luxury? Well, I believe that training and learning programmes have to be affordable yet realistic in order to be sustainable. An introductory all-in price of £995 + VAT is therefore available for any bookings made before the end of September 2011.  This means that if you have 16 learners on a programme, the cost is just over £62 per person, which has to be good value for money!

Please feel free to contact me on 07986 246406 or for more information or to discuss your specific training needs.

David Wardle

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