Last updated: 14.03.12

Severnside Housing provides e-learning to residents

One of the largest social landlords in Shropshire is offering e-learning courses to its tenants after collaborating with the Housing e-Academy.

Severnside Housing is providing a range of online learning platforms to all of its residents in modules entitled Community, Social Issues, Using the Internet and Around the Home.

There are 18 different online training courses within these four themes, covering topics including energy efficiency, interview preparation, cultural awareness and safe use of the web.

These can be completed anywhere with access to a computer, including the accommodation provider's offices on Brassey Road in Shrewsbury.

Senior community development officer at Severnside Marianne Grant said e-learning is a useful way to improve knowledge, confidence and skills.

It can be engaged in "from the comfort of your own home or wherever you can access a computer", the specialist added.

She noted the online learning courses contribute to the range of other educational opportunities the housing provider has made available to its residents in its Learning Programme, which is now two years old.

As well as helping residents to learn, the initiative also intends "to provide an insight and understanding of Severnside and the services provided", Ms Grant added.

All of the modules provided are straightforward, consisting of a short test that follows an on-screen presentation.

Participants can save their progress and return whenever it suits them and can also print certificates off detailing that they passed the topic, or contact the community development team at Severnside, which will then post them out.

Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. Once someone has signed up, they can select the e-learning courses they are interested in and begin them.

Severnside holds and maintains at least 5,300 dwellings in Shewsbury and the surrounding districts.

It is regulated by the Tenant Services Authority and is a registered social landlord.