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Changing the game: Better ways to recruit, develop and retain

Monday, 16 October '23   3:30pm – 8pm BST
YHA Chester Trafford Hall, Ince Lane, Chester, CH2 4JP
9 spaces available

Course dates

  • Mon, 16 Oct '23   3:30pm – 8pm BST - done
  • Tue, 17 Oct '23   9am – 3:30pm BST - done


Sponsored by The Learning Foundry

The housing sector has something for everyone, with a diverse range of career pathways and the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.

Providing high quality, affordable housing is only the start. It gives people a place where they feel safe, supported, and empowered as individuals. This creates a catalyst for strong, vibrant neighbourhoods and supportive communities where people can thrive.

So, why are we struggling to attract and hold on to the best talent?

We know that the housing sector is facing unprecedented challenges. There are more than 4m people in need of social housing, putting additional pressure on all roles within the sector. As well as high demand, organisations are tasked with balancing many competing priorities, with targets placed on environmental measures, new builds and more.

Vast workloads are leading to low morale and workers being drawn to other sectors that can offer higher job satisfaction, improved work-life balance, and better pay.

But what can we do about it?

Join us on 16th October to discuss ways we can rebuild the sector’s reputation, attract the best talent, and create rewarding development pathways that keep people in housing.

Event chair, Lucy de Groot, former CEO of Bristol City Council, and former Director of Public Services at HM Treasury, will be joined by a strong line up of speakers including:

  • Lara Oyedele, Charted Institute of Housing
  • Gareth Leech, Cartrefi Conwy
  • Helen White, Taff Housing
  • Luke OGorman, The Regenda Group
  • Matt Baird, The Social Housing Roundtable
  • Anthony Were, UNIFY
  • Louise Holt, TPAS
  • Laura Welchew, Trowers and Hamlins
  • Claire Lee, The Learning Foundry


If you wish to apply by invoice please select the offline option when booking your place.



Full 2 day course attendance & accomodation

Course ticket - for all 2 dates.
3 available

1 day course attendance - no accommodation

6 available


YHA Chester Trafford Hall
Ince Lane