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Jobs and training

Helping people into employment

Clarion Housing Group’s charitable foundation, Clarion Futures, has helped more than 15,000 people into work since its launch in 2017.

In 2021-22, we worked with our partners across the country to help 3,717 people into work. We also supported more than 5,000 people into training to prepare them for employment.

Our trained specialists work to help our residents by:

  • Giving careers advice
  • Helping with interview techniques
  • Putting CVs together
  • Working with Microsoft to deliver free digital skills training for our residents
  • Providing support in finding employment and training

Personalised support packages help people overcome obstacles and gain the skills they need. We help people to enter or return to the workplace and fulfil their potential. 

Employers have a vital role in our jobs and training programme. They provide work placements, apprenticeships, and job opportunities.

The work we do to help people find work or training is part of one of the country’s biggest programmes of social investment, run by Clarion Futures.

Who we work with

We work with a wide mix of organisations. These range from local community groups to large government departments and corporates.

More than 300 companies have joined our national jobs and training programme. It is also supported by our major contractors EQUANS, United Living and Wates.

Other organisations we’re working with include:

  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Microsoft
  • NHS
  • Plymouth Argyle FC
  • Primark
  • Royal Mail

Successful partnerships

Hear from some of the people and employers we’ve worked with on our national jobs and training programme.

Benefits of partnering with us

Our partners are part of a programme that makes a difference for people and communities. Our national jobs and training programme is part of a wider package of support. This includes financial literacy and digital inclusion programmes as well as community projects.

We invested £14m in our residents and their communities in 2021-22. This investment delivers quantifiable outcomes. These can be measured against Environmental, Social, and Governance criteria.

In 2021-22 our social investment programme delivered an estimated £131 million in social value. This highlights the wider economic, social and environmental impacts of our work.

Clarion Housing Group in 2021-22

  • 4,000

    strong team

  • 2,276

    new homes built

  • £1,059m

    turnover 

Making things better for communities

We’re the partner of choice for a large and varied mix of organisations. We’re united in a shared goal of making things better for people and communities.

Clarion Housing Group is the UK’s largest social landlord - with more than 350,000 residents and 125,000 homes. We have a presence in more than 170 local authorities and a heritage stretching back more than a century.

Our size means we have the resources to make a real difference to the lives of our residents.

Photograph of Binur

“The support I’ve received from Clarion Futures has been life-changing. They helped me not only improve my skills and update my CV, but rebuild my confidence and thanks to them, I’ve secured a permanent job with the DWP as a work coach.”

Binnur, 61, Clarion resident  
Read Binnur’s story

A leading role in employment programmes

We have a track record of playing a leading role on major employment and training programmes. Love London Working is a £34m employment programme. It is funded by the European Social Fund and managed by the Greater London Authority.

We lead a partnership of 16 housing associations involved in this project, which has helped more than 6,000 people into work. 

We’re a key partner in a cross-Channel employment programme, Increase Valorisation Sociale

Our programmes and partnerships

Clarion Futures was one of the partners on the One Digital programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. The training programme succeeded in helping more than 61,000 people to gain new digital skills.

We’re also a key partner in the cross-Channel employment and training programme Increase Valorisation Sociale. This £10.3m programme is a partnership between English and French housing associations. It supports residents to reach their potential through entrepreneurship and employment. We’ve helped more than 750 people into employment through this project. We’ve also supported more than 170 new business start-ups, and provided training for 1,400 people.

We led a consortium of more than 80 organisations that secured £6m from the Government’s Kickstart scheme in 2021. This funding created hundreds of six-month paid work placements for unemployed 16-24 year olds  .

“Clarion have been absolutely superb from day one. They've got a wealth of experience and knowledge within Kickstart. They've ensured that we've given the right support to our Kickstarters in the organisation.”

Donna Goodall, social value coordinator, Walsall Housing Group

Join us in making a difference

Hundreds of organisations of all sizes are making a positive social impact by helping to transform the lives of our residents through work and training opportunities. Your own organisation could be one of them.

You may want to find out more about our work, or how you might join forces with us. Whatever the reason, we’d love to hear from you.