Seven members of East Lothian Council’s Housing team and a council tenant representative have been recognised for their training achievements at a ceremony in Macmerry this week.

The council is committed to ensuring the personal development of its staff, and in recent years all members of the housing team that work directly with clients have completed the Scottish Government National Standards Housing Information and Advice training programme which is delivered by Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity. In addition, many staff have completed Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) courses and post-graduate courses, with a number of staff receiving Masters degrees, and one member of staff achieving a PhD. The latest group of staff to have completed the CIH Level 2 courses have been presented with their certificates at a ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

Esther Wilson, Vice-chair of CIH Scotland who also works as Service Manager for Economic Development and Strategic Investment at East Lothian Council, said:

“I am delighted to present these awards to East Lothian Council staff in particular. East Lothian Council has a strong commitment to the ongoing training and development of its staff, which is well recognised nationally.”

Mark Ormiston, who received his Level 2 course certificate and is Chair of East Lothian Tenants and Residents Panel, said:

“I would like to thank East Lothian Council for this opportunity. Not only did the learning improve my knowledge, it gave me a chance to put over a tenant perspective to the staff as well as allow me to see the difficulties and challenges that housing staff face. I would strongly recommend that other landlords consider adopting the same approach when delivering staff training sessions.”

At the same award ceremony, Alan Smith’s recent achievement as Edinburgh College Apprentice of the Year award (Carpentry and Joinery) was recognised by East Lothian Council. Douglas Proudfoot, Head of Service for Development, said:

“Knowing that staff like Alan are motivated to excel and deliver an excellent service to our tenants and other customers makes us all extremely proud. Alan’s achievement is a testimony to his work ethic and focus and he fully deserves this recognition.”

The successful course graduates were presented with their awards on Thursday 21 September as part of a series of events marking Scottish Housing Day. An initiative led by the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland (CIH Scotland), Scottish Housing Day aims to raise public awareness of the latest developments in housing and the different options potentially available when deciding where to live.

Published: Tuesday, 26th September 2017