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Safeguarding the Sector’s Future - Survey

The Housing Sector’s Survey of the Modern Apprentices

The housing sector in Scotland has always shown a commitment to training and learning and Modern Apprenticeships (MAs) have been a substantial part of this. You can help us further safeguard the future of the sector by telling us how your organisation makes use – or not - of MAs.


Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) together with  Skills Development Scotland (SDS) have worked hard over the past few years to promote the value and need for MAs in the housing sector. More recently, SFHA and SDS created a working group of sector partners who share a common goal of making sure the housing sector has the resources and investment for the workforce of the future. Effective succession management is critical to the success of services delivered by social housing providers  to people across Scotland and will be vital in the housing sector contributing to the Scottish Government’s ambitious housing target of 50,000 affordable units over the course of this parliament.

This is a timely point at which to look at the existing landscape across the sector. In August  2016, thanks to input from members, SFHA and CIH Scotland submitted a consultation response to the Scottish Government on how to spend the ‘Apprenticeship Levy’ -  a new source of funding introduced by the UK Government.

In order to be ready for any potential funding sources that might arise out of this consultation, it would be useful to have a clear understanding of the Modern Apprenticeship landscape across Scotland. This will allow us to understand where strengths and gaps lie, as well as where support can be targeted if needed.

If you are willing to take part, we would like to invite you to visit the following link and complete the 5-7 minute survey.


This will enable us to gather the numbers and types of MA’s we have in the sector and better understand the benefits, barriers and recruitment processes. 

Your responses will remain confidential and anonymous and the findings of the survey will be reported in due course and be available on the SFHA website. We will evaluate and create a plan for taking forward. 

If you have any questions about this survey or want to get involved, feel free to contact Diane Cooper, Head of Business Development at the SFHA dcooper@sfha.co.uk or Tel 0141 332 8113

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