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February 1, 2012 / Housing e-Academy

The Housing e-Academy officially launches their partnership with CIH!

At 6:30am yesterday (31st January 2012), the Housing e-Academy team arrived at Leeds train station bleary eyed, ready to make the 3 hour journey down to the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)  offices in London.

After putting the world to rights on our journey south – and discovering that our new Account Manager, Hayley, had missed her calling in life as  a stand up comedienne – we arrived at 236 Gray’s Inn  Road.

After a swift shoe change in the lift up to the seventh floor, we were greeted by CIH who gave us a gratefully received coffee. After a guided tour of the facilities, we put up our stands and set up the video camera (to the horror of our presenters!).

Our first guests began to arrive at 10:30am ready for the welcome speech at 11am.

CEO of Virtual College, Rod Knox, began the proceedings with a introduction to e-learning and the Housing e-Academy. Elizabeth Botterill, Organisational Development Manager for ABCL, then gave an entertaining overview of how East North East Homes implemented e-learning into their organisation. Steph Akerman, Learning and Development Consultant for Sovereign Housing Association, then stepped up to the microphone to talk about the monetary benefits e-learning has given to their organisation.

After some healthy competitive rivalry between Elizabeth and Steph over the Housing e-Academy’s quarterly Housing Hero prize (if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click here and go to page 4!), our Account Manager Naomi Hepworth drew the presentations to a close with a talk about a blended learning approach.

After the presentations, attendees moved into the break-out area for a spot of luncheon and the opportunity to try their hand at e-learning for themselves. Every attendee was given access to three popular online courses; Asbestos Awareness, Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding Adults (POVA).

Following very positive feedback from those who attended, we packed our bags back up and bid farewell to CIH before making our way back down the lift (cue swift shoe change!) and heading for Kings Cross Station.

Travelling back on a high (mainly due to the copious amounts of caffeine consumed, but also from the success of the day), we eventually arrived at Leeds Train Station, slightly subdued and ready for dinner.

All in all, we had a great day and look forward to our continuing relationship with CIH. Thanks to all those people who helped to make the event the success that it was.

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