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    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start20 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End20 Jan 2021 15:00

    Introduction to housing management

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    Introduction to housing management

    If you ever wondered what housing management was all about – read on. This is the course you’ve been looking for.

    Housing management - also often referred to as landlord, operations, tenancies - is the ‘core’ activity of housing providers.

    It’s a vital service for residents and lies at the centre of every good landlord/tenant relationship.  Its scope is wide and varied covering everything (and often anything) to do with the management of tenancies, estates and communities.

    Staff working in housing management are the ‘front line face’ of every housing business. Their specific remit and duties vary from organisation to organisation depending on how specialist or generic the structures are. Performance is judged in many ways including customer satisfaction and achieving business critical outcomes such as effective income collection, good conduct of tenancies, safe and desirable estates and sustainable communities.

    This session will explain what the role is all about and give delegates a wider understanding of what to expect from housing management. 

    Delegates will:

    • Learn about the housing management service - what it covers and how it relates to other areas of a social housing business
    • Find out about the behaviours and skills that are needed for this role including its demands and challenges
    • Understand the range of tenancies that residents hold, their legal basis and their implications
    • Learn about the basics of income management, anti-social behaviour and common tenancy breaches
    • Consider wider estate and neighbourhood management matters
    • Appreciate the importance of involving residents.

    Who should attend?

    All

    Essential for anyone who wants to find out more about housing management whether working in housing management or a related service area.

    Ideal for anyone new to the sector or new to their post or as a refresher/update.

    Suitable for involved residents and board members as well as staff.

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest is a well-established and sought-after consultant and trainer in housing. His expertise and experience extends across the housing sector, with specialisms in Governance and Resident Engagement. He is known for his highly professional, yet relaxed and approachable working style that lends itself in particular to learning and development assignments. This is combined with working comfortably at political and governance levels, through executive, management and operational staff and with involved residents and communities.

    After holding a number of senior management positions in housing, Michael has for the last 26 years been Director of Michael Guest Associates Ltd., providing consultancy and training to the sector. A key aspect of this work is as part of HQN programmes since its inception.

    Michael is a Chartered Housing Professional, Chartered Management Consultant and Chartered Manager. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing he is a:

    • Regular Chair of and Lead Assessor on its Direct Finals Professional Interview Panels
    • Registered CIH Mentor for Senior Housing Professionals
    • Member of the Housing Academy, including as a trainer and as an Housing and Property Management Apprentices' Associate.

    He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Royal Society for Public Health, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Consulting, was awarded an MSc. (with Merit) in Leadership and Management in 2017, an MSc. (with Distinction) in Housing Studies in 2020 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Governance (with Distinction) in 2020.

    This course will also be running on 15 April 2021.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    15 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start20 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End20 Jan 2021 15:00

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

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    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

    Landlords are required to process Right to Buy applications correctly and within set time limits. There may be penalties to pay if this isn’t done. This practical course will take you through the process including all the common pitfalls – from initial enquiry to final completion. Get up to speed with the latest best practice. 

    This course will cover: 

    • Elibility of tenant – the criteria 
    • Eligibility of the property 
    • Tenancy checks for fraud 
    • Money laundering 
    • The process including timescales
      • Structural surveys 
      • Instructing valuers 
      • Cost floor calculation 
      • Calculating the service charge for flats or houses 
      • The importance of the lease plan/boundaries 
      • The offer -S125 Notice 
      • Dealing with disputes of valuation 
      • Drafting the lease/freehold transfer 
      • Instructing solicitors 
    • Penalties for delays 
    • Process on completion – updating database 
    • Post sale administration – on re-sale/ assignment 
    • Role of the Right to Buy agency. 

    What you will learn? 

    The course will cover everything you need to know to effectively take an application through from enquiry to completion: 

    • Governing rules, requirements and legislation 
    • Effectively managing the process 
    • Impact of case law 
    • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them 
    • Dealing with challenges and complaints 
    • Latest best practice. 

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    All staff involved in and with responsibility for the RTB and RTA processes. Ideal for staff new to their roles as well as a refresher. Suitable for both housing association and local authority staff.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    Sold out

    This course will also be running on 2 March 2021.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    2 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    The Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start20 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End20 Jan 2021 16:00

    Tenancy fraud

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    Tenancy fraud

    Tenancy fraud is not new – but in recent times social landlords have had to do significantly more and more to tackle the problem. So what is it, exactly? Does it mean fraud at application? After the granting of the tenancy or lease? At the end of the tenancy or lease? Or all three?

    As awareness of the supply and demand equation has grown, many housing providers have become more proactive with regard to tenancy fraud. This has run in parallel with the need to become more customerfocused and to find out more about occupiers via customer profiling or tenancy audits. The commercial need to find out more about occupiers has also become more focused since the Welfare Reform Act.

    Delegates will learn about:

    • The provisions of the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013
    • The imperatives to tackle tenancy fraud
    • The many preventative options
    • The risk assessment indicators and how to implement them into everyday operational work
    • The most common areas of fraud – succession, sub-letting, unauthorised occupation
    • Ways to tackle evidential and proof problems and sharing information with other agencies
    • The old remedies such as possession and newer alternatives such as the Fraud Act 2006.

    Who should attend?

    All key staff, including frontline officers, team leaders and managers from allocations teams, housing options, tenancy management and enforcement, as well as finance and audit, income collection and corporate governance. It is vital that housing providers have a corporate approach to tackling tenancy fraud.

    Our trainer

    Richard Paris has an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Housing from LSE. From 1991-93 he was senior research officer at LSE Housing, and has worked for short-life and supported housing agencies, mainstream housing associations and local authorities. He is a freelance housing law specialist with 20 years’ training and development experience undertaking educational training, consultancy, policy and procedure health checks. He specialises in housing law updates, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively, preventing and controlling rent arrears, do-it-yourself possession proceedings, the law in supported housing and the law on disrepair and best practice.

    This course will also be running on 24 March 2021.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start21 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End21 Jan 2021 15:30

    An introduction to HHSRS and housing standards

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    An introduction to HHSRS and housing standards

    This virtual training is aimed at frontline workers who frequently go into residents’ properties. It raises awareness and knowledge of the property condition issues they need to look out for.

    The course covers the HHSRS itself, the broad legal framework under which tenants and visitors can bring claims against a landlord and the enforcement powers used by local housing authorities. 

    Topics include:

    • HHSRS in outline
    • The 29 hazards – what to look for when visiting properties with a special focus on:
      • Damp and mould growth
      • Excess cold
      • Asbestos
      • Carbon monoxide
      • Entry by intruders
      • Domestic hygiene
      • Pests and refuse
      • Food safety
      • Personal hygiene
      • Sanitation and drainage
      • Falling – on level surfaces, on stairs and falling between levels
      • Electrical hazards
      • Fire and flames
      • Hot surfaces, etc
    • The enforcement regime – local housing authority powers including prosecution and the new civil penalties (up to £30k per offence)
    • The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation Act) 2018 and the implications for social landlords.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone who regularly visits tenants and residents in their homes including housing officers, support workers, technical staff. Suitable for new staff as well as those seeking a refresher on HHSRS. 

    Our trainer

    Peter Wilson has over 30 years’ experience in public and private sector housing. A chartered environmental health practitioner and a chartered surveyor, he has also worked as a housing manager responsible for over 11,000 properties. He is still actively involved in survey work, litigation and consultancy. He combines a wealth of ‘hands-on’ knowledge with an interactive training style and extensive experience.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start21 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End21 Jan 2021 16:00

    Communal area and block inspections – what you need to know

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    Communal area and block inspections – what you need to know

    (Incorporating Health and Safety issues – fire safety in particular)

    It's vital that communal areas are safe and secure – for residents, contractors and the public. Very often this rests with non-technical staff who are tasked with carrying out inspections. This one day course provides guidance and essential advice on how to carry out inspections effectively, with a focus on fire safety and health and safety issues.

    Delegates will learn about what to check and how to check in order to ensure compliance with legislation. You will also learn how to identify and diagnose common defects and spot potential problems.

    Aims and objectives:

    • Understand the importance and benefits of estate inspections
    • Be aware of landlord obligations and legislation
    • Know the role of the housing officer and how they fit in to the organisations policies and procedures
    • Be able to effectively prepare for an inspection
    • Understand the importance of an inspection routine 
    • Confidently diagnose common defects and potential problems
    • Identify health and safety risks to maintain safer neighbourhoods
    • Develop effective reporting, feedback and monitoring.

    Who should attend?

    All

    • Anyone in housing management

    Our trainer

    Nancy Witham has more than 30 years experience within the Social Housing Sector. She delivers innovative, engaging interactive training to operational staff in Repairs & Maintenance, Neighbourhood, Customer Service and Business IT systems. Nancy’s style of training makes learning enjoyable and relevant and her training programmes receive consistently excellent feedback.

    This course will also be running on 22 March 2021.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    22 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing Management Network The Housing Management Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start21 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End21 Jan 2021 15:00

    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

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    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

    Most organisations run projects – but under 40% of those projects are delivered on time, on budget and achieve their objectives. 

    A project has a much higher chance of success if the strategy is clear and everyone involved knows the principles of running a project. All members of the team need clarity on their roles and what is needed from others to ensure plans are effective. This training will give you the skills to ensure you plan all of this. 

    This course will be delivered in a single day – two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. It will lead you through the essentials of project management, why it is needed and what makes a project run well. The focus will be on techniques and actions needed to deliver high quality projects on time and budget. Delegates will leave the day with a comprehensive overview of project management and practical skills and templates to help your organisation accomplish success. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • Differences between a project and business as usual
    • Benefits of project management
    • Project lifecycle and features of a successful project
    • Roles within a project and characteristics of effective project teams
    • Identifying and engaging stakeholders
    • Communication for results
    • Outlining project scope and producing a plan
    • Scheduling, monitoring and reporting
    • Risk and issue management – and what to do when things go wrong
    • Managing changes 
    • How to successfully conclude a project.

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    • Everyone who wants to properly critique the way they are currently running projects and use practical project management tools and techniques that work
    • The course is suitable for people who are new to project management or those who are working as a part of a project team
    • The session content can be flexible and structured to consider the needs and experience level of those attending. 

    Our trainer

    Ruth Walker-Cotton is a qualified project manager (APM PMQ), a member of the Association of Project Management and has an MSc in Strategic Project Management.

    Ruth has extensive experience of writing and implementing strategies and managing campaigns and projects within the Charity, NHS and Housing sectors. She has successfully improved performance in a variety of sectors, through setting and achieving targets in partnership with key stakeholders.

    Ruth is experienced in people management and loves designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency. Her main focus is project management – whether training a team or guiding them through a project – supporting businesses to improve their strategic and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change.

    This course will also be running on 16 March 2021.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    16 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start26 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End26 Jan 2021 15:30

    Making scrutiny work – workshop for involved residents and resident involvement staff

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    Making scrutiny work – workshop for involved residents and resident involvement staff

    Resident scrutiny is all about tenants and leaseholders holding their landlords to account. An effective scrutiny exercise should report on well evidenced findings and identify recommendations which really make a difference – benefiting both residents and landlords.

    But it’s not as simple as it sounds. This workshop will build on best practice and give delegates ideas to take back.

    Delegates will learn

    • How to set up and organise a resident scrutiny panel
    • What support and resources it should receive
    • The objectives and purpose of scrutiny
    • About working as a team
    • How to choose what to scrutinise
    • Methods that can be used in a scrutiny
    • How to work with the landlord body
    • How to source good practice for the service being scrutinised
    • The principles of producing an effective report
    • How to ensure a rigorous and robust set of conclusions
    • How to develop recommendations from those conclusions
    • How to ensure the recommendations are implemented.

    Who should attend

    Residents (tenants and leaseholders) of housing associations, local authorities and ALMOs.  Staff who work with and support involved residents. This workshop is ideal for everyone new to scrutiny as well as those wanting to refresh their approach.

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest is a well-established and sought-after consultant and trainer in housing. His expertise and experience extends across the housing sector, with specialisms in Governance and Resident Engagement. He is known for his highly professional, yet relaxed and approachable working style that lends itself in particular to learning and development assignments. This is combined with working comfortably at political and governance levels, through executive, management & operational staff and with involved residents and communities.

    After holding a number of senior management positions in housing, Michael has for the last 26 years been Director of Michael Guest Associates Ltd., providing consultancy and training to the sector. A key aspect of this work is as part of HQN programmes since its inception.

    Michael is a Chartered Housing Professional, Chartered Management Consultant and Chartered Manager.  A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing he is a:

    • Regular Chair of and Lead Assessor on its Direct Finals Professional Interview Panels
    • Registered CIH Mentor for Senior Housing Professionals
    • Member of the Housing Academy, including as a trainer and as an Housing and Property Management Apprentices' Associate.

    He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Royal Society for Public Health, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Consulting, was awarded an MSc. (with Merit) in Leadership and Management in 2017, an MSc. (with Distinction) in Housing Studies in 2020 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Governance (with Distinction) in 2020.

    Outside of housing, Michael is a Chair of School Governors, Chair of the Board of a Learning Partnership company of schools and Company Secretary of a Leaseholders' Company.

    This course will also be running on 20 April 2021.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start26 Jan 2021 13:00
    • End26 Jan 2021 16:00

    How to brilliantly manage remote teams

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    How to brilliantly manage remote teams

    The session is geared specifically to teams who will be managing some or all of their team remotely.

    How do you manage a person or team eectively when you don’t physically see them often? This is particularly difficult if the team is suddenly dispersed. This session will cover the essentials and allow you to think about how the dynamic of a team changes when people don’t all sit in the same physical space.

    How do you as a leader manage this, keep people resilient and productive and support a strong sense of team? There will be practical advice on adapting your communication style to reassure and keep the team focused.

    What the session will cover

    • How to instil a strong sense of team purpose and why this is key to motivation
    • How to keep your team focused and agree the core priorities
    • Tips and techniques to run remote meetings brilliantly so everyone can contribute
    • The kinds of distance issues to consider – physical, operational and affinity
    • Why trust is fundamental and how to develop it
    • The five questions you need to know the answer to and talk to your team about
    • How to hold individuals to account and motivate to deliver
    • How to help your team manage their anxiety, and keep up resilience.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    Anyone who leads teams based in different locations, or staff that work from home.

    Our trainer

    Emma Walker-Cotton is an award winning trainer specialising in leadership development. She has over 25 years experience of training design and delivery in both the public and private sector, including working as HR Director for Amnesty International. Emma is passionate about individuals having the opportunity to fulfil their potential and develop their resilience. She always ensures that participants leave the session with practical skills they can implement back in work.

    Sold out

    This course will also be running on 23 March 2021.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    23 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing quality network
    The Housing Quality Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start27 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End27 Jan 2021 13:00

    A practical workshop on nudge theory

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    A practical workshop on nudge theory

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could encourage tenants to keep to the tenancy agreement without having to issue warnings or threats?

    Do you spend endless time and resources trying to get tenants to pay their rent, allow access for gas and electrical servicing?

    Are there other things that your tenants do, or don't do, that you wish you could change to help manage estates and tenancies better?

    If the answer to any of the above is "yes", then this interactive workshop could be for you. Split into two parts:

    • Learn all about the basics of behavioural economics, otherwise known as nudge techniques, where small, often low cost changes can have huge positive impacts on services
    • Apply the basics of behavioural insights to consider real problems housing organisations are currently facing, and design nudge based solutions.

    During this virtual workshop, you will learn all about the theory behind nudge, and how it has been used in different settings to achieve amazing results. We'll provide examples of how people really behave, and how this is often different from how we think they'll naturally react and the reasons for this.

    We'll go through the key things to consider when implementing nudge techniques to influence positive behaviour traits, how to avoid common pitfalls and how to measure and evidence your findings.

    There’s plenty of opportunity to consider some real life scenarios and challenges you're currently facing, where we use what we've learnt and devise some nudge based plans that you can take away and implement in your own organisations.

    Who should attend?

    All

    Anyone with operational responsibilities such as:

    • Housing officers
    • Repairs staff
    • Team leaders and managers
    • Officers with responsibility for service improvements.

    Our trainer

    Richard Walker is an HQN trainer and associate and has extensive knowledge and experience of customer service management, both operationally and strategically, having worked in the housing sector for over 20 years. Richard has proven success of both developing and turning round complaints services and he has undertaken numerous reviews and training sessions as a trainer and consultant. He is a trained Customer Service Excellence assessor and has also operated in a private sector customer service environment. His practical and relaxed training style ensures attendees engage and get the most out of his sessions.

    This course will also be running on 14 April 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    14 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start27 Jan 2021 13:30
    • End27 Jan 2021 16:30

    How to develop from manager to leader

    Details

    How to develop from manager to leader

    Are you a manager of a team thinking about your next step into a leadership role?

    Do you want to lead and inspire your current team?

    This virtual session will allow you to reflect on what you want to be doing differently to transition well from being a manager to truly leading your team.

    What you’ll learn

    • How to clarify your vision and purpose as a leader
    • What does it mean to “think strategically” – and how do you communicate this effectively to your team?
    • The three things that leaders should aim to be (and three things to avoid)
    • How to carry out a culture audit – what is your team culture? What do you want to retain and what do you want to change?
    • Six strategic anchors that will help you lead well and keep your team motivated.

    Who is it for?

    Everyone thinking about the next step in their management career and making the shift into leadership.

    Everyone wanting to improve the way they lead their team.

    Our trainer

    Emma Walker-Cotton is an award winning trainer specialising in leadership development. She has over 25 years experience of training design and delivery in both the public and private sector, including working as HR Director for Amnesty International. Emma is passionate about individuals having the opportunity to fulfil their potential and develop their resilience. She always ensures that participants leave the session with practical skills they can implement back in work.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start27 Jan 2021 14:00
    • End27 Jan 2021 17:00

    Regulation explained

    Details

    Regulation explained

    Regulation explained – including a short introduction to the long awaited White Paper

    This training is for everyone wanting to understand the practical requirements of regulation as it stands now, from new staff to those wishing to refresh their knowledge and/or to progress to executive level.

    It will cover in detail exactly what the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH) expects from registered providers:

    • What needs to be in place
    • What it expects to be submitted to them.

    This is based around the RSH’s overarching document “Regulating the standards” as well as their list of submissions.

    As part of the introduction we will cover the recently released Social Housing White Paper – the Charter for social housing residents.

    The session will cover:

    • The RSH’s guidance and expectations
    • How the documents and requirements all fit together
    • Where they can be found – where they are published on the websites
    • How you find out about the information held on your registered provider (and others)
    • What the submission requirements are
    • What the Governance and Financial Viability standard means in practice.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    This training is for everyone wanting to understand the requirements of regulation, from new staff to those wishing to refresh their knowledge and/or to progress to executive level.

    About our trainer

    Jo Ballman is a governance and risk expert and has been a consultant and trainer for more than 7 years.  She has advised and provided guidance to many boards on the RSH’s expectations and helped them on their regulation journey, including creating with the board frameworks, policies and papers, and where required, voluntary undertaking action plans to help the board move to a compliant judgement. She takes a very practical approach working closely with executives, governance leads and members to embed the approaches.

    Prior to becoming a consultant Jo worked as a Director at two large housing groups where her roles held responsibility for governance and regulation, as well as risk, performance and data.  

    She is a chartered surveyor, who started her career as a development surveyor progressing to development director at one RP, before switching to the world of regulation and all it entails.

    This course will also be running on 10 March 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    10 March 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing quality network
    The Housing Quality Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start28 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End28 Jan 2021 13:00

    Managing an agile workforce

    Details

    Managing an agile workforce

    Housing organisations are facing a number of business drivers for implementing more agile ways of working.

    This course will equip team leaders and managers with knowledge and understanding about working anywhere at any time – supporting managers and team leaders to move from a position of seeing their team members every day (what time they start/leave work etc) to a position of managing by outputs and most importantly trust.

    By attending this programme you will learn:

    • Techniques for managing agile teams
    • How to build trust
    • What good performance management looks like for people you don’t see every day
    • The importance of keeping in touch to maintain motivation
    • How to remain compliant around considerations such as health and safety.

    Who should attend?

    All

    • Team leaders and managers of agile or dispersed teams 
    • Anyone looking to introduce agile working in their workplace.

    Our trainer

    Jane Atherton has held senior HR and OD roles in housing associations for many years. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an experienced trainer and a qualified coach. She runs her own Organisational Development business and is the facilitator for HQN’s Leadership and Organisational Development hub.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start28 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End28 Jan 2021 16:00

    Tenancy management – the essential guide for housing officers

    Details

    Tenancy management – the essential guide for housing officers

    Are you new to the field of housing and wondering what your job will involve? Have you been a housing officer for a while and would like to know that you are dealing with tenancy management issues effectively? If so, then this is the course for you! 

    Housing officers have a challenging role, dealing with different issues every day. This course is your survival manual for making sure you are confident that you are supporting your tenants when you should and using enforcement when it is necessary.

    What will delegates learn?

    • How to effectively deal with tenancy management issues
    • Practical skills to support tenants who need help in managing their tenancy
    • Techniques to investigate tenancy issues
    • Confidence that when enforcement is necessary, you will have done all you can.

    This course will cover:

    • Real issues faced by housing officers
    • Provide real solutions to help you carry out your job
    • Untidy gardens
    • Abandoned vehicles
    • How to tackle no access cases
    • Succession
    • Assignments
    • Changes to the tenancy agreement – joint to sole and sole to joint
    • How to deal with abandonment
    • When to support and when to enforce
    • Practical advice
    • Case studies to practice real scenarios.

    Who should attend?

    Housing officers who are new to the role and those who want more confidence tackling tenancy management issues in a social housing context.

    Our trainer

    Richard Paris has an MA from Queens’ College, Cambridge and a post-graduate Diploma in Housing from LSE. From 1991-93 he was senior research officer at LSE Housing, and has worked for short-life and supported housing agencies, mainstream housing associations and local authorities. He is a freelance housing law specialist with 20 years’ training and development experience undertaking educational training, consultancy, policy and procedure health checks. He specialises in housing law updates, dealing with anti-social behaviour effectively, preventing and controlling rent arrears, do-it-yourself possession proceedings, the law in supported housing and the law on disrepair and best practice.

    Sold out

    If you would like to be added to our waiting list please email events@hqnetwork.co.uk.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start28 Jan 2021 10:00
    • End28 Jan 2021 15:30

    Virtual recruiting made simple

    Details

    Virtual recruiting made simple

    You can’t always get what you want – or can you? Recruiting a staff member can be a minefield and sometimes even when done reasonably well you can’t guarantee that you’ll get “the one”.

    This course will…

    Give you an overview of the recruitment, selection, onboarding and induction processes which organisations need to operate in order to build effective teams.

    Delegates will learn to:

    • Identify the component parts of the recruitment and selection process
    • Consider the legislative and procedural requirements at each stage in the process
    • Examine how to get the role profile right to help later parts of the process
    • Understand how to create an appropriate, valid and reliable selection process
    • Write effective interview questions (and answers)
    • Consider the importance of the candidate experience
    • Understand the managers role in onboarding, induction and building effective teams.

    Workshop outline

    • The changing nature of recruitment
    • The recruitment and selection process
    • The importance of the employer brand
    • Creating a job description and person specification – the role profile
    • How to shortlist
    • Where and how to advertise
    • Writing an advert
    • Relevant legislation (eg Equality Act)
    • Choosing a selection method
    • Writing interview questions and answers
    • Planning an effective onboarding and induction process.

    Who should attend?

    • HR / OD / L&D professionals
    • Line managers at all levels with responsibility for recruitment and selection.

    Want to learn together? This workshop can also be run in-house for groups of executives or board members to allow the session to be tailored to your organisation.

    Our trainer

    Gary has held several senior HR roles across various sectors, including 12 years in housing. He has delivered CIPD, ILM and CIH programmes for many years. He speaks regularly at conferences about leadership and HR and is active on social media. He’s also a keen sportsman and devoted family man.

    This course will also be running on 28 April 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Timings        

    This workshop will run from 10.00am - 12.00pm and 1.00pm - 3.30pm.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start29 Jan 2021 09:30
    • End29 Jan 2021 15:00

    S.20 consultation – how to do it correctly so you can recover the costs of repairs and improvements from leaseholders and tenants

    Details

    S.20 consultation

    The aim of this training is to provide officers with an understanding of how different activities carried out by different parts of the business can impact on an organisation’s ability to fully recover “eligible” costs from both leaseholders and tenants.

    This one-day course will cover:

    • Understanding the contractual position for both tenants and leaseholders
    • The Right to Buy offer notice (S125) – its importance for ensuring full recovery of costs
    • The S.20 consultation process in detail for major works, long-term contracts and major works within long-term contracts, responsive repairs. The pitfalls and how to avoid them
    • Best practice in dealing with emergency works
    • S.20 case law and best practice
    • S.20B (18month ‘rule’) – how it works in practice, pro-active practices to ensure you are ahead of the game
    • How to enhance the consultation process – to avoid challenges at the First Tier Tribunal
    • Using the First Tier Tribunal as a ‘tool’ in ensuring the recovery of costs.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    All officers with responsibility for:

    • Designing, planning and delivery of planned maintenance and improvement work programmes
    • The delivery of the responsive repairs contract
    • Procurement and contract management of long-term contracts and tenders for works
    • Legal officers and leasehold officers
    • Officers dealing with RTB applications and notices.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    This course will also be running on 14 April 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    14 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start01 Feb 2021 14:00
    • End01 Feb 2021 15:30

    Fire safety toolbox – session one: Fire safety awareness

    Details

    Fire safety awareness

    Out on the front line, what should we look for?

    This webinar will provide you with an appropriate understanding of the common fire safety hazards that you are likely to come across when you’re out and about, which will then equip you with the knowledge to spot potential hazards and the proportionate approach to rectify them.

     

    The fire safety toolbox is a series of useful webinars that look at different elements of fire safety. Other courses in this series are listed below. For details and to book your place please click the links.

    Fire doors – 8 February 2021

    Fire stopping and compartmentation – 15 February 2021

    Fire safety equipment – 22 February 2021

    Fire safety on construction sites – 1 March 2021

     

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    Our trainer

    Tony Bolder has over 27 years’ experience (operational and safety roles) within the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and over 30 in the fire sector. As a previous operational support manager for Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, Tony was instrumental in developing operational readiness for over 300 firefighters including high rise incidents, chemical spills and road traffic collisions.

    On leaving the fire service, Tony set up his own Fire Risk Management consultancy and, taking the same professional attitude into the private sector, he is now one of only around 60 UKAS third-party accredited life safety fire risk assessors listed on the FRACS register (and also the NAFRAR list) and one of only a handful of professionals who are also third-party accredited fire door inspectors, through both FDIS and NAFDI.

    FDIS Certificated Inspectors are uniquely qualified to undertake fire door inspections, not only have they achieved a Diploma in Fire Doors, but they have also had their competence and knowledge independently assessed to become CertFDI certificated fire door inspectors. In addition, NAFDI Members ensure that all fire door inspections are carried out in accordance with all statutory requirements and hold industry recognised.

    Tony is passionate about education, providing courses accredited by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and is a national speaker on fire safety for a number of networks, a contributor to the BBC, Sky News and CNN International and he is often heard providing professional comments on LBC radio.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Per session:
    Non-members: £125.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £100.00 *

    Attend all five sessions:
    Non-members: £525.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £400.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Health and Safety Network
    The Health and Safety Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start02 Feb 2021 09:30
    • End02 Feb 2021 12:30

    Let’s talk money – having effective money conversations with tenants and leaseholders

    Details

    Let’s talk money – having effective money conversations with tenants and leaseholders

    Talking about money is a skill. According to research, 50% of adults believe that sharing personal money matters is taboo. When you factor that statistic into the landlord/tenant relationship, it is easy to see why it can be so difficult to encourage tenants and leaseholders to be honest about their finances.

    Feeling confident about having those difficult money conversations is an essential component of our work as housing practitioners. The ability to talk about money will enable you to work with your residents to improve their financial resilience, prevent debt and recover arrears.

    This workshop will provide you with the tools and confidence to have those difficult money conversations.

    The workshop will cover:

    • Why we need to have money conversations
    • The psychology of people and money
    • The key aspects of financial capability
    • Gaining trust and Influencing behaviours
    • What to say, how to say it and when to say it.

    Added value

    On-line self-study and downloadable materials to compliment the virtual classroom workshop.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate

    Everyone who needs to have money conversations with tenants and leaseholders.

    Our trainer

    Jo Leckie is an enthusiastic and motivational facilitator with a keen interest in behavioural insights. She utilises accelerated learning techniques to deliver lively, interactive and engaging workshops. She holds an Honours degree in Housing Studies from De Montfort University along with a Level 4 Certificate in Learning and Development.

    Jo has worked in the social housing sector for over 25 years, holding senior management roles for some of the largest landlords in the UK and Australia. She is known for being passionate about customer service excellence, putting the customer at the heart of the service whilst delivering a commercial business model with a social purpose.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Rent Income Excellence Network
    The Rent Income Excellence Network

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start02 Feb 2021 10:00
    • End02 Feb 2021 13:00

    Customer service – making the most of your telephone and digital interactions

    Details

    Customer service – making the most of your telephone and digital interactions

    Covid-19 has made us all rely far more on telephone and digital interactions than ever before – it's time to brush up on our skills.

    This interactive training session (run as a virtual classroom) will give delegates the skills to deliver exceptional customer service over the telephone or through social media and digital communications such as web chats and email.

    Focusing on the customer experience the training is split into five interrelated sections to build delegates’ appreciation and understanding of customer service in a social housing setting:

    • The customer experience
    • Structuring calls and digital interactions
    • Call handling techniques
    • Managing challenging situations
    • Digitised customer service.

    We start by exploring the importance of customer experience, and how this relates to the housing sector where an unhappy customer cannot as easily exercise their choice and switch provider.

    We then consider the structure and best practice of call handling and responding to digital requests, including hints and tips, do's and don'ts and the essential skills required to deliver an exceptional customer experience.

    Sometimes conversations (telephone or digital) don't go the way a customer expects – handling these situations can be challenging, so we have dedicated a section to managing these more demanding situations, including how to give negative messages (saying no) to customer requests in a positive way.

    This is followed up with an opportunity to consider some real-life case studies and, work together using the best practice learnt, to resolve the queries and learn from others.

    Finally, you'll learn about the emerging science behind digital and social media queries and how to translate this into practical and modern approaches, delivering the very best customer service through digital interactions.

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate  

    Anyone with responsibility for dealing with customers over the telephone or digitally. This training is particularly useful for staff who work in a contact centre type environment and for everyone currently working in the “virtual” world.

    Our trainer

    Richard Walker is an HQN trainer and associate and has extensive knowledge and experience of customer service management, both operationally and strategically, having worked in the housing sector for over 20 years. Richard has proven success of both developing and turning round complaints services and he has undertaken numerous reviews and training sessions as a trainer and consultant. He is a trained Customer Service Excellence assessor and has also operated in a private sector customer service environment. His practical and relaxed training style ensures attendees engage and get the most out of his sessions.

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    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing quality network
    The Housing Quality Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start02 Feb 2021 13:00
    • End02 Feb 2021 16:00

    Survive and thrive in Lockdown 3.0 with HQN – it’s a marathon not a sprint

    Details

    Survive and thrive in Lockdown 3.0 with HQN – it’s a marathon not a sprint

    The start of 2021 hasn’t been as positive as we had hoped.

    The first Lockdown was tough but tolerable – we had the warm weather, the novelty of the situation, the camararderie and the blitz spirit to get us through.

    Lockdown 3 is a very different prospect to the previous ones – and for most much harder to cope with.

    We’re now in a very different state of mind – shocked by the unexpected nature and severity, the novelty’s worn off, the weather’s not great and the dark nights seem endless.

    Just when we thought it was all over and the vaccine was here we’ve several more months of this to get through. It feels like ground hog day – we’re deflated and tired.

    HQN’s here to help and support you through this.

    Sprinting won't get us to the finish line but if we take it steady we’ll get there. It's about planning ahead, setting realistic goals and making consistent small steps forward, whilst taking each day as it comes.

    In this session we will:

    • Address the skills that are required to successfully navigate lockdown v 3.0
    • Learn several techniques and strategies to help with the above
    • Explore how to plan when there is so little certainty
    • How we can get back on top of performance – ours and others – and finish off the year end in a strong position.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone who:

    • Needs reinvigorating and remotivating for this next lockdown
    • Is a bit ‘at sea’ about the next quarter’s priorities
    • Would like to get on top of their own/their team's performance
    • Would like help in regaining realistic control of their situation.

    Our trainer

    Laura Bouttell is passionate about inspiring people, whether it’s to deal with that challenging customer differently, to go out for that first run or to take that creative writing course. Her mission in life is to empower people to become their best. 

    Laura is an ex-police officer, who has three degrees. She is a published academic author and editor.  

    As a result of her time policing in Chapeltown, her own business and her time at Oxford, Laura has seen the gritty side of life as well as the ivory towers and uses her experiences in these diverse fields to help you achieve your dreams. 

    Now Laura works with all levels of Leaders in Business to help them get the best out of themselves and those around them. She has worked with Leaders from the Co-op, Team Leaders from Asda, as well as many SMEs and owner-managed businesses that have gone from strength to strength.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £200.00 *
    2 delegates: £175.00 *
    3+: £150.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start03 Feb 2021 09:30
    • End03 Feb 2021 15:00

    Dealing with customer stress – helping customers with their stress levels during the Covid-19 crisis

    Details

    Dealing with customer stress – helping customers with their stress levels during the Covid-19 crisis

    Helping customers deal with everyday stresses as well as the fear of financial ruin, job loss, social isolation, contagion, illness and death is vitally important.

    We all need a level of stress to function – it can be a motivator. However, it can have a massive detrimental effect manifesting itself in many different ways – forgetfulness, anxiety, anger, inability to make decisions as well as difficulties with sleeping. These can result in more disabling and sometimes permanent mental or physical health problems.

    This course focuses on how best to recognise and deal with customer stress. It will give you advice on preventing customer stress and, if this fails, some easy to use techniques that will help support customers suffering from or at risk of stress. It will also help you to manage your own stress.

    You will:

    • Understand what stress is, including positive stress and negative stress
    • Explore the current situation and how the current Covid-19 crisis can impact on the stress levels and mental wellbeing of your customers
    • Find out how to spot stress in face to face or telephone situations and the appropriate questions to ask to identify stress
    • Explore tools and techniques to help:
      • prevent stress in customers
      • help reduce stress in customers.

    These will include one off strategies for dealing with isolated incidents to long term strategies that can be applied throughout the lockdown and beyond with customers who are more vulnerable or needy.

    Who should attend?

    Essential for all frontline staff providing a customer service as well as managers and directors with a strategic role.

    Delivery method

    This training will be delivered via Zoom video conferencing. Delegates will be able to interact via zoom and will receive full course materials.

    Our trainer

    Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT. He has been delivering training for the housing sector for over a decade and has many years’ experience of developing client/customer involvement and peer mentoring schemes.

    Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start03 Feb 2021 09:30
    • End03 Feb 2021 16:00

    Unlocking construction – basic techniques for non-technical staff

    Details

    Unlocking construction – basic techniques for non-technical staff

    This is a highly interactive, one-day course for all non-technical staff who would like to improve their knowledge and raise their confidence when dealing with contractors, technical staff and customers regarding construction and maintenance issues. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • How basic construction works 
    • How to diagnose basic construction problems 
    • How to recognise potential maintenance problems 
    • How to recognise issues relating to health and safety in construction 
    • How to communicate more effectively regarding technical issues 
    • How to handle repair requests more efficiently 
    • How to discuss technical issues more effectively and gain confidence 
    • How to speak knowledgeably regarding construction and maintenance 
    • How to get it right first time, saving money and resources. 

    This course will cover: 

    The training is delivered through a series of interactive sessions and covers all major trades: 

    • Joinery/carpentry 
    • Electrical 
    • Plumbing 
    • Brickwork 
    • Roofs 
    • Environmental works. 

    Specific to each trade, delegates will be able to: 

    • Ask the right questions to make a valid assessment regarding construction/maintenance issues 
    • Identify the various types of repairs applicable to each trade 
    • Diagnose potential problems on estate visits with greater accuracy 
    • Give the right advice 
    • Identify and assess the potential risks regarding health and safety 
    • Understand the basics, including materials and techniques used 
    • Speak with knowledge and confidence. 

    Who should attend? 

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    • Contact centre operatives 
    • Housing management staff and caretakers 
    • Staff who undertake estate visits 
    • Sheltered housing staff 
    • Repairs centre managers 
    • Customer inspectors 
    • Everyone from a non-technical background who wishes to increase their knowledge of construction. 

    Our trainer

    Nancy Witham has more than 30 years experience within the Social Housing Sector. She delivers innovative, engaging interactive training to operational staff in Repairs & Maintenance, Neighbourhood, Customer Service and Business IT systems. Nancy’s style of training makes learning enjoyable and relevant and her training programmes receive consistently excellent feedback.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "One of the best courses I have ever attended" – Warwick District Council
    • "Excellent course. Would highly recommend. Trainer excellent" – Aster Group
    • "Great trainer - very fun and interactive. Great at explaining things" – L&H Homes
    • "Really great course. Exactly what I wanted" – Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association 

    This course will also be running on 1 April 2021.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    1 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    The Housing Management Network
    The Housing Management Network

    The Health and Safety Network
    The Health and Safety Network

    The Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start04 Feb 2021 09:30
    • End04 Feb 2021 15:00

    Writing better reports

    Details

    Writing better reports

    With practical exercises and examples this course will build on your skills to make you a more confident writer. It will help you to think and plan before you write so you can choose the best style and structure to get your message across. 

    Well-written reports deliver information that is: 

    • Concise and clear 
    • Easily understood 
    • Helpful to decision-makers. 

    We will cover: 

    • Knowing what you want to say
      Understanding your audience and being clear about your purpose to help you identify your key messages. 
    • Choosing the best tone and structure
      Using your messages to create a logical structure and find the right style for your report. 
    • Presenting information effectively
      Being relentlessly clear is the best way to gain understanding. We will clarify what plain English is and how to use it, as well as how to summarise and use graphs, tables and charts well. 

    Bring a recent report (or one from your to-do list) to reflect on throughout the day. You’ll be able to apply what you learn directly to this example. This will help you to feel confident about putting your new skills to use. 

    Who should attend? 

    Everyone who wants to improve their report writing skills, including leaders, managers and team leaders. 

    Our trainer

    Caroline Oubridge started out making community programmes for BBC local radio before working in press and communications for national charities for over 15 years. She's a strong believer in straightforward communication and now specialises in training and advising organisations on how to explain who they are, what they do and why it matters. Caroline always delivers training that is informative, enjoyable and practical.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start04 Feb 2021 13:00
    • End04 Feb 2021 16:00

    Where strategy meets projects – how to bridge the gap

    Details

    Where strategy meets projects – how to bridge the gap

    59% of senior executives say their organisations struggle to bridge the strategy-implementation gap.

    Research shows that only one in 10 organisations is effectively achieving its strategic goals. Many companies have strategies which look fantastic, yet there is often no clear plan to make sure they become a reality. Choosing the right projects and delivering them effectively can be the difference between failure and success.

    Sometimes there are too many initiatives planned without considering what is feasible, and even when projects are linked to your strategy, they can struggle if there is a lack of leadership understanding of roles and processes.

    This short course will help you look at the choices you are making and understand how to use projects to turn your organisational aims and objectives into successful outcomes. You will leave the session with practical information and techniques you can implement immediately.

    What you will learn

    • Aligning projects with organisational strategy
    • Making effective choices – assessing projects for value and feasibility
    • Clarity on project roles and responsibilities
    • The importance of a project sponsor and the link with your project managers
    • Communicating your strategy for engagement – what is your feedback loop (and does it work?)
    • Guidance, reporting and assurance through phases of a project
    • Ending projects well and incorporating learning
    • Project management maturity – where do you want to aim for?

    Who should attend?

    Any leaders who wish to ensure their vision is translated into practical outcomes. Managers or directors who may be on project boards, steering groups or who are project sponsors. This training can be adapted for an in-house team, to ensure the most important areas for your organisation are covered.

    Our trainer

    Ruth Walker-Cotton is a qualified project manager (APM PMQ), a member of the Association of Project Management and has an MSc in Strategic Project Management.

    Ruth has extensive experience of writing and implementing strategies and managing campaigns and projects within the Charity, NHS and Housing sectors. She has successfully improved performance in a variety of sectors, through setting and achieving targets in partnership with key stakeholders.

    Ruth is experienced in people management and loves designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency. Her main focus is project management – whether training a team or guiding them through a project – supporting businesses to improve their strategic and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change.

     

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Feb 2021 09:30
    • End08 Feb 2021 15:00

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

    Details

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

    Whilst rent arrears are always hitting the press, many organisations spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on providing services. But few recover the full costs from their tenants and leaseholders. Councils are raiding the HRA to balance the general fund.  Lets stop this by getting on top of your service charge setting and collection!

    This practical workshop will assist you in maximising your income: we will provide working examples of how to calculate the real cost of providing services, how to identify where full recovery is not being made and how to bridge the gap. For developing organisations, we will highlight the critical path to ensuring full recovery of costs, including an exercise in how to calculate service charges when developing new schemes for rent and sale, to ensure that you have considered everything.

    You will understand:

    • The relationship between revenue, capital/revenue expenditure and value for money and why recovery of costs is critical to a successful business
    • What remedies are in place to assist in maximising recovery
    • What can and cannot be charged for in a service charge
    • Why getting the terms of the lease and tenancy agreement right plays a big part in full recovery of costs
    • Why the development, technical and management teams need to work closely together in the early stages of a new development to ensure full recovery
    • Why policy decisions will have an impact on maximising recovery
    • How the use of IT can assist in efficient recovery
    • The relevant legislation you should be aware of that governs service charge accountability and your ability to charge.

    Who should attend?

    Intermediate   Advanced

    • Housing directors and managers
    • Finance managers
    • Service charge managers
    • Home ownership managers
    • Asset managers
    • Officers dealing with RTB, RTA and new developments, housing and repairs officers.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "Informative and interesting course. Very knowledgeable trainer" – Shepherds Bush Housing Association
    • "Gave me good insight into service charges and lease holders" – Eldon Housing Association
    • "Trainer was very knowledgeable and experienced" – Kettering Borough Council 

    This course will also be running on 20 April 2021.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    20 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Leasehold Network
    The Leasehold Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Feb 2021 13:30
    • End08 Feb 2021 16:30

    Developing your confidence – helping you to succeed

    Details

    Developing your confidence – helping you to succeed

    Do you have an inner dialogue with yourself that sometimes holds you back?

    This virtual workshop enables you to explore situations where your confidence is challenged and to develop strategies to improve your approach.

    You will understand the psychology of how we get in our own way, and develop some practical tools that will allow you to change your responses.

    What you will learn

    • How to master your own imposter syndrome
    • Techniques to get your voice heard
    • How to make requests assertively and learn how to say no in a positive way
    • How to deliver feedback in a confident way
    • Strategies to develop your resilience
    • Language of influence and how to develop active listening
    • Ways to develop a powerful supportive network.

    Who is it for?

    Everyone who wants to improve their confidence in work.

    Our trainer

    Emma Walker-Cotton is an award winning trainer specialising in leadership development. She has over 25 years experience of training design and delivery in both the public and private sector, including working as HR Director for Amnesty International. Emma is passionate about individuals having the opportunity to fulfil their potential and develop their resilience. She always ensures that participants leave the session with practical skills they can implement back in work.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start08 Feb 2021 14:00
    • End08 Feb 2021 15:30

    Fire safety toolbox – session two: Fire doors

    Details

    Fire doors

    Introduction to your responsibility and key things to check.

    This webinar will provide you with an introduction to fire doors and their critical purpose in buildings. In addition, you will learn about the components that ‘make up’ a fire door and understand how to recognise common issues together with how they directly affect their integrity.

     

    The fire safety toolbox is a series of useful webinars that look at different elements of fire safety. Other courses in this series are listed below. For details and to book your place please click the links.

    Fire safety awareness – 1 February 2021

    Fire stopping and compartmentation – 15 February 2021

    Fire safety equipment – 22 February 2021

    Fire safety on construction sites – 1 March 2021

     

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    Our trainer

    Tony Bolder has over 27 years’ experience (operational and safety roles) within the Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and over 30 in the fire sector. As a previous operational support manager for Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, Tony was instrumental in developing operational readiness for over 300 firefighters including high rise incidents, chemical spills and road traffic collisions.

    On leaving the fire service, Tony set up his own Fire Risk Management consultancy and, taking the same professional attitude into the private sector, he is now one of only around 60 UKAS third-party accredited life safety fire risk assessors listed on the FRACS register (and also the NAFRAR list) and one of only a handful of professionals who are also third-party accredited fire door inspectors, through both FDIS and NAFDI.

    FDIS Certificated Inspectors are uniquely qualified to undertake fire door inspections, not only have they achieved a Diploma in Fire Doors, but they have also had their competence and knowledge independently assessed to become CertFDI certificated fire door inspectors. In addition, NAFDI Members ensure that all fire door inspections are carried out in accordance with all statutory requirements and hold industry recognised.

    Tony is passionate about education, providing courses accredited by the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) and is a national speaker on fire safety for a number of networks, a contributor to the BBC, Sky News and CNN International and he is often heard providing professional comments on LBC radio.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Per session:
    Non-members: £125.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £100.00 *

    Attend all five sessions:
    Non-members: £525.00 *
    Members of any HQN network: £400.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Health and Safety Network
    The Health and Safety Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start09 Feb 2021 09:30
    • End09 Feb 2021 16:00

    Condensation, damp and mould – causes, cures and the courts

    Details

    Condensation, damp and mould – causes, cures and the courts

    This revised and updated condensation, damp and mould workshop builds on the enthusiastically received format previously delivered both in-house and at public training events across the length and breadth of the UK.

    Revisiting existing understanding, dispelling myths and questioning existing generic, outdated and inappropriate advice often given to interested parties in the light of recent improvements to housing stock, the course provides delegates with an effective understanding of the causes, symptoms and cures associated with condensation, damp and mould in the light of impacting legislation, etc.

    What will you learn?

    • An understanding of the causes, symptoms and cures associated with condensation, damp and mould
    • Requisite impacting legislation and the implications of failure
    • Rising damp – truth or myth?
    • The diverse range of detection tools available such as moisture, carbide and capacitance meters, borescopes, hygrometer sticks and humidity boxes, etc
    • Strategies for the effective removal/reduction of damp and mould problems
    • How to communicate sound knowledge-based principles to affected parties
    • How to protect parties’ interests and implement effective procedural guidance to combat failure.

    The training is lively, practical and interactive and, most importantly, in tune with the increasing demands being placed on housing organisations and their technical and housing officers in meeting the challenges presented by this resource-draining aspect of their work.

    Who should attend?

    Refresher/Basic   Intermediate

    • Housing officers
    • Maintenance and technical officers
    • Property inspectors
    • Home visitors
    • Estate-based staff such as caretakers and neighbourhood officers
    • Customer-facing teams and their team leaders.

    Our trainer

    Wayne Anderson is an expert lecturer, national conference speaker, chartered surveyor, arbitrator and consultant. His training sessions are lively, colourful and interactive and are based on extensive experience gained over 25 years with best practice organisations involved in the housing repairs and maintenance sector. Wayne has a reputation for simplifying complex issues and encouraging frontline staff to develop a deeper understanding of maintenance issues that can be applied confidently on a day-to-day basis.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of:

    Housing Management Network
    The Housing Management Network

    Residents Network
    The Residents' Network

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start09 Feb 2021 09:30
    • End09 Feb 2021 15:00

    Introduction to social housing

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    Introduction to social housing

    This course aims to give housing staff, board members and involved residents a working knowledge of the context in which they operate and how we have arrived there. It will give delegates insight into the development of social housing as a sector and profession, and highlight current key operational concerns and external influences on service delivery.

    Key elements of the training include:

    • Locating social housing: understanding tenure
    • Who provides social housing? Who is it for?
    • Changing demographics and new challenges for the sector
    • What is social housing and how did it develop? The Victorian philanthropists and early state intervention
    • From the welfare state to a business focus: the reconfiguration of tenants as customers
    • Housing management under the spotlight: delivering core services in context – key functions, key concerns
    • Understanding service delivery: generic versus specialist working arrangements
    • Social housing: professional concerns
    • Who funds social housing and how are we accountable?

    Who should attend?

    All

    • All staff
    • Board members
    • Involved residents
    • Any position new to the housing sector
    • Anyone wishing to update their knowledge in the rapidly changing housing world
    • In the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest is a well-established and sought-after consultant and trainer in housing. His expertise and experience extends across the housing sector, with specialisms in Governance and Resident Engagement. He is known for his highly professional, yet relaxed and approachable working style that lends itself in particular to learning and development assignments. This is combined with working comfortably at political and governance levels, through executive, management and operational staff and with involved residents and communities.

    After holding a number of senior management positions in housing, Michael has for the last 26 years been Director of Michael Guest Associates Ltd., providing consultancy and training to the sector. A key aspect of this work is as part of HQN programmes since its inception.

    Michael is a Chartered Housing Professional, Chartered Management Consultant and Chartered Manager. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing he is a:

    • Regular Chair of and Lead Assessor on its Direct Finals Professional Interview Panels
    • Registered CIH Mentor for Senior Housing Professionals
    • Member of the Housing Academy, including as a trainer and as an Housing and Property Management Apprentices' Associate.

    He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Royal Society for Public Health, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Consulting, was awarded an MSc. (with Merit) in Leadership and Management in 2017, an MSc. (with Distinction) in Housing Studies in 2020 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Corporate Governance (with Distinction) in 2020.

    Outside of housing, Michael is a Chair of School Governors, Chair of the Board of a Learning Partnership company of schools and Company Secretary of a Leaseholders' Company.

    This course will also be running on 9 March and 13 April 2021.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    Dates
    Alternative dates

    9 March 2021

    13 April 2021

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start09 Feb 2021 09:30
    • End09 Feb 2021 12:30

    People skills for project managers

    Details

    People skills for project managers

    How to engage and motivate to deliver a better project outcome – a one day workshop.

    People are vital to the success of every project. Without their engagement and buy-in, even the best planned and managed project may not succeed – yet the essential skills needed to inspire, motivate and manage the individuals involved are too often neglected and overlooked. Most project management training and literature provides little guidance on how to best work with and influence people involved in your project.

    This course will draw on well researched and proven methods from the fields of project management and organisational development. It will cover the key people skills needed to build and motivate your project team.

    You will leave the day with practical tools and tips you can immediately apply to your project.

    What will delegates learn?

    • Current research on effective motivation and engagement in projects
    • The vital link between strategy and projects
    • Developing leadership styles to enhance engagement
    • How to build and motivate your project team
    • Dealing with problems that arise within a project team
    • Engaging and negotiating with stakeholders
    • Influencing without authority – working with people you don't manage
    • Planning effective communications and creating feedback loops that work
    • Managing competing demands

    Who should attend?

    This course is ideal for those who already understand the essentials of project management and who want to work more effectively with the people on their projects. It is an excellent follow up to the Project Management Bootcamp one day course.

    Our trainer

    Ruth Walker-Cotton is a qualified project manager (APM PMQ), a member of the Association of Project Management and has an MSc in Strategic Project Management.

    Ruth has extensive experience of writing and implementing strategies and managing campaigns and projects within the Charity, NHS and Housing sectors. She has successfully improved performance in a variety of sectors, through setting and achieving targets in partnership with key stakeholders.

    Ruth is experienced in people management and loves designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency. Her main focus is project management – whether training a team or guiding them through a project – supporting businesses to improve their strategic and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change.

    Last few places remaining

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypePublic training - virtual
    • VenueVirtual training
    • Start10 Feb 2021 10:00
    • End10 Feb 2021 13:00

    A practical, interactive workshop on effective complaints management

    Details

    A practical, interactive workshop on effective complaints management

    Complaints are not only costly in time and resource but can cause significant reputational damage. The higher they escalate, the bigger the impact on resources especially once they reach the Ombudsman or social media.

    The Institute of Customer Services produces the UK Customer Satisfaction Index which highlights that the top 50 organisations were differentiated by high performance in complaint handling and that only excellent complaint handling produces high customer satisfaction.

    This virtual interactive training session covers all aspects of complaints management:

    • The importance of a well managed complaints service
    • Organisational and individual culture towards customers and complaints
      • What is a customer complaint and how to differentiate it from other requests
      • What good practice looks like
      • Maximising early intervention and resolution
      • Complaint stages – from zero to Ombudsman
      • Dispute resolution principles
      • How to undertake an investigation and formulate a response
      • How to avoid the Ombudsman calling (and how to deal with them if they do)
      • Responding to an Ombudsman enquiry
    • Emerging issues – complaints via social media and latest thinking from the Housing Ombudsman.

    We’ll use real case studies to maximise understanding and buy in.

    Who should attend?

    All

    The training is ideal for all staff involved in:

    • Complaints management
    • Housing/repairs managers
    • Team leaders
    • Service development
    • Performance managers
    • Heads of service.

    Our trainer

    Richard Walker is an HQN trainer and associate and has extensive knowledge and experience of customer service management, both operationally and strategically, having worked in the housing sector for over 20 years. Richard has proven success of both developing and turning round complaints services and he has undertaken numerous reviews and training sessions as a trainer and consultant. He is a trained Customer Service Excellence assessor and has also operated in a private sector customer service environment. His practical and relaxed training style ensures attendees engage and get the most out of his sessions.

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    Fees
    Price per delegate

    Non-members:
    1 delegate: £175.00 *
    2 delegates: £150.00 *
    3+: £125.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £150.00 *
    2 delegates: £125.00 *
    3+: £100.00 *

    * Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Byte Size members do not qualify for member discounts. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

                                        

    Key to who should attend:

    Basic/refresher
    Refresher/Basic

    Intermediate
    Intermediate

    Advanced
    Advanced

    All
    Suitable for staff of all levels

                                        

    This course will be particularly relevant to members of all networks.

                                        

    Cancellations
    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

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