How to become a housing policy officer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a trainee scheme

University

You can do a foundation degree or degree in:

  • housing studies
  • social policy
  • town planning

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • at least 1 A level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can complete a policy officer higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You can start as an office assistant or housing officer with a housing organisation.

With further training and experience, you could work your way up to become a housing policy officer.

Other Routes

You can apply for a training scheme like the GEM programme. This is open to graduates of any subject and non graduates who are already working in housing.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in housing from the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • the ability to use your judgement and make decisions
  • the ability to work well with others
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of systems analysis and development
  • persistence and determination
  • business management skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In your day-to-day duties you may:

  • research housing issues and identify good practice
  • collect data relevant to housing, like health, employment and demographics
  • represent housing services on corporate working groups
  • produce reports, policy briefings and factsheets
  • make recommendations as a result of government initiatives and new legislation
  • give presentations to groups, both inside and outside your organisation

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

You could specialise in a particular policy area, like equality issues, regeneration or research and data collection.

Current opportunities

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