What comes first - the knowledge or the skills?

Monday, 15 June 2015 - 1:19pm

A career in homelessness will always demand a wide range of skills and knowledge. But when it comes to your career, how do you decide what is most important?

Every complexity in the life of someone you support is another issue you need to get to grips with. The question is how to prioritise those issues. What practical skills and crucial knowledge do you need and when?

We’ve restructured our training to help you identify the courses most relevant to you and the needs of the people you support.

The new Training Pathway

The Training Pathway offers you a consistent professional development journey, to complement your career path. It is split into broad job roles, so that you are able to see where there are gaps in the essentials, your practical skills or your knowledge of current issues.

We've designed it to take you onto the next level of your career path – whether that involves moving on from volunteering to paid support work, or from key working to managing your own team or service.

Minding the gaps

Working on the new Pathway has given me an opportunity to identify gaps in our training offer. I’ll be looking to develop new courses over the next year in order to fill those gaps. This will include e-Learning as a way of making training more accessible. I’m also going to explore the potential for delivering training to the people who access services, as well as continually looking at ways of improving our training offer.

Is there an issue affecting your service that you feel other services should learn about? I’d love to hear from you if you have any thoughts on courses we should be offering.

Or perhaps there are specialised topics that you could develop as training courses in partnership with us. We’re already working successfully with St Mungo’s Broadway to deliver Supporting Women Experiencing Homelessness and Sifa Fireside for Legal Highs Awareness.

Find out more

Search the Training Pathway or browse our scheduled courses coming up over the next couple of months - and if you'd like me to keep you in the loop when more courses are scheduled, let me know and I'll add you to our email list.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help you design a tailored training programme for your organisation, please get in touch.

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Laura Millward

Laura Millward

Training manager

Laura develops and manages Homeless Link's in-house training programme 

Telephone: 0207 840 4491
Email: laura.millward@homelesslink.org.uk
Twitter: @LauraMillwardHL