Homes England are inviting council officers to join a Summer Learning Programme aimed at sharing knowledge on topics that could enhance local home-building efforts.
Launched today, the Local Government Capacity Centre was conceived as Homes England looked to structure itself to work more productively with local government and help meet the Government’s target of creating 300,000 homes a year by 2024.
The centre will offer a range of tools and initiatives to boost skills and help authorities with their end-to-end development plans, including training on topics ranging from effective project management to principles of market failure.
‘Effective partnerships are essential if we are to build the homes the country needs, so it is vital that we offer accessible tools, skills, funding and people,’ said Peter Freeman, chair of Homes England.
‘I’d like to thank our local government colleagues for their input as we’ve developed the capacity centre. I’m confident it marks a real step forward – so please join us on the summer learning programme where we can build deeper and more fruitful partnerships.’
Housing minister Chris Pincher MP commented: ‘Local government is crucial in creating the homes and places people need and Homes England has a central role to play in supporting their capacity and skills development. I look forward to seeing how the new centre supports local government in delivering the homes this country needs.