The New Thinking for Housing workshops are themed workshops held over 2 x 2 days and targeted at current and future housing managers in Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies. This new leadership programme has been jointly organised by the Institute of Public Administration and the Housing Agency.
Current housing policy and practice present Local Authorities [LAs] and Approved Housing Bodies [AHBs] with challenges of an unprecedented nature – particularly in terms of implementing Rebuilding Ireland - An Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. These interactive workshops for housing practitioners in, or seeking, a management role, will encourage critical engagement from participants on current policy and new thinking in this area. They will help raise awareness amongst key housing practitioners of the challenges associated with policy implementation whilst seeking to address these in a strategic manner.
The programme consists of four (4) themed workshops delivered over 2 x 2 days at the IPA in Dublin. They will involve a variety of training/development methods including presentations from experienced housing professionals, facilitated group discussions and a small research project to be carried out between workshops 2 and 3. The workshops seek to consolidate and expand the knowledge of housing practitioners; in addition, it will provide participants with an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas with fellow housing practitioners. Attendance at all four workshops is recommended to obtain maximum benefit.