Employment and skills

Housing associations help many people into work, training and education each year, supporting aspirations and making a crucial contribution to cutting the welfare bill.

More than a third of housing associations run employment and skills services, with another 28% planning to do so in the future, in partnership with local authorities, national government, Job Centre Plus, colleges, charities and with employers themselves.

They are also major employers in their own right, with a workforce of more than 155,000 people.

With further cuts to benefits on the horizon, housing associations’ employment and skills work will be even more essential.