An exciting collaboration between Coastal Housing and GWLAD

Coastal Housing Group

Coastal Housing initially contacted the School of Business at UWTSD to create a programme of study to develop their workforce. The Wales Institute for Work-Based Learning (WIWBL) within the School of Business has been successfully delivering and creating bespoke work-based learning programmes since 2009; therefore they were equipped and experienced to engage successfully with Coastal Housing.

GWLAD, a project run by WIWBL lead on this collaboration; there was a clear synergy between Coastal Housing’s needs and work-based programmes already carried out by WIWBL and GWLAD for other organisations. During initial discussions, it became apparent that GWLAD had both the experience and expertise to develop, design and deliver Academic Modules that would meet Coastal Housing’s needs.

This exciting collaboration between Coastal Housing and GWLAD is unique and innovative. Its aims are to design an impactful professional programme to equip established and aspiring housing professionals with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the workplace. Students will be able to achieve a university qualification in ‘Professional Practice’ based on Social Housing either at Level 4 Certificate Higher Education, or Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma. All learning will be implemented in the workplace with aim of making a positive change.

GWLAD has been supported by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. Money can be saved by taking advantage of up to 70% funding towards higher education work-based learning programmes with GWLAD. Self-employed, small, medium, large businesses and third sector organisations in South West Wales are all eligible. 

On working with Coastal Housing, Nick Samuel, Lecturer at WIWBL said “It is so refreshing to work with an organisation that truly values its employees and has the vision to invest time and money in their development, to benefit both the organisation and its employees. Our collaboration will result in a suite of modules that will deliver a real difference for Coastal Housing’s staff and service users. I am convinced that if other Social Housing organisations sign up to this programme, we will see a significant positive change in the Social Housing sector within South Wales and beyond”.

Sam Morgan, who has been Coastal Housing’s lead agreed, “We have a passionate workforce who work incredibly hard to deliver great services to our tenants. This educational programme will create further capability in our team, enabling them to adapt, evolve and continue to make a sustained difference to the communities we serve. We also want to support individual growth and encourage people to become lifelong learners, hungry for the next development opportunity. We are an organisation that works hard to grow capability and deliver on purpose.” 

Coastal Housing aims to equip front line staff with a holistic understanding of the role of social housing in the wider context. In doing so, they support staff to connect with the wider public services and third sector agenda, to foster improved partnership working. Coastal Housing believes that a joined-up approach to service delivery enhance the lives of their tenants and the communities they serve. This collaborative programme supports the delivery of their ‘Four Pillars of Purpose:’ 

  • ‘Sustainable Tenancies’
  • ‘Sustainable Communities’
  • ‘Sustainable Local Economy’
  • ‘Sustainable Coastal’.

This work-based learning programme also benefits the wider local economy as it’s available to all Housing providers. Shortage of provision in West Wales has meant travelling to Cardiff for similar programmes of study, therefore having this provision locally will encourage people to develop a career in Housing and increase the level of skills and expertise with the sector.

Contact the GWLAD team to discuss development opportunities within your organisation or to find out when the next programme starts.

01267 225167