Employment & Skills Programme Manager

Location Coventry, CV3 2SU
Hours 36.25 hours
Salary £43,550 - £47,900
Contract Permanent
Division Customer Services

Orbit is a fantastic business and one that’s really going places.

Orbit was formed in 1967 with the aim of providing good-quality housing for people who would otherwise not be able to afford to buy their own home.

Over 50 years later, we’re one of the leading housing providers in the UK.  Our services have diversified, our housing portfolio has expanded, and our reputation as an innovator within our sector has grown.  But one thing that has never changed.  Our belief in people and what they can achieve.

Your role at Orbit.

We believe in people, and what they can achieve. Every year, we invest around £5 million back into our communities, with the aim of inspiring and empowering them to succeed on their own terms.

As an innovative and ambitious team, we look to lead the way in the UK when it comes to integrating social investment into the housing sector.

Inclusion is at the heart of much of our work, with initiatives to boost financial and digital literacy, build employment skills and support entrepreneurship. That way, people can take control of their own lives, and build their own success stories.

Our Employment and Skills Programme Manager role is an exciting opportunity to lead and shape our My Work employment programme, which will be focused on:

  • Providing our customers access to quality jobs and tackling in-work poverty
  • growing our digital support offer
  • an ambitious skills agenda.

Sitting within the Thriving Communities Team you will make an impact across the entire business. The role sits at the heart of our ambition to lead in building thriving communities and will play a key role in wider business aims such as reducing rent arrears and enabling our customers to sustain their tenancies.

You will develop and deliver a growth plan for employment and skills, implementing evaluation tools to enable Orbit to measure the effectiveness of direct delivery, as well as business and social returns.

In this role you will build external partnerships with various stakeholders including the DWP, Local Authorities and other statutory, private and voluntary sector partners.  You will be responsible for identifying, securing and managing opportunities to enhance our employment and skills services to Orbit customers as well as the wider community. You will oversee the management of various workstreams to grow the programme through inward investment.

You will be responsible for the development of Orbit’s Better Days ‘My Work’ employment service, leading strategically the operational direction of the team and managing day-to-day delivery, including overseeing the establishment of targets and performance indicators.

What will help you make a difference.

We are looking for a true expert with demonstrable experience in developing and delivering employability, and training programmes preferably within a community context.  You should have experience in leading a team and working across organisations to develop coherent and ambitious delivery plans. 

The landscape is competitive by nature so you will have proven experience of achieving targets, delivering contracts e.g. Work programme, ESF, SFA etc and be able to develop and secure external funding with external partners.

With many of our programmes being delivered in a partnership approach we hope that you will possess excellent project and contract management skills with a focus on continuous improvement and innovation.

We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain great people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of background, age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationality, religious belief, faith or disability.  As part of our Armed Forces Covenant commitment, we welcome ex-services professionals to consider career opportunities at Orbit.

Why Orbit?

Rewarding your contribution.

We understand that everyone has different needs when it comes to benefits.  That’s why we have created an attractive benefits package with the option to select and purchase flexible benefits to suit your individual circumstances. 

Some of our core benefits include:

  • Bonus potential up to 15% of salary
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays and the “Orbit day”
  • Private medical insurance
  • Excellent contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • A great pick and mix of flexible benefits including the option to buy and sell holiday and much more

Our culture and purpose.

We know that great people are central to achieving our ambitions and as such we want everyone to have a voice and make a positive difference.  We are proud to be a Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for, this demonstrates we place people at the heart of everything we do. We continue to create a culture that celebrates diversity and an environment where everyone feels able to contribute towards achieving together.

We support our colleagues to be at their best through our wellbeing programme #ThisIsMe, our corporate learning programme, opportunities for professional development, our innovative approaches to making the world and our homes a greener place and our leading reward and recognition package. Because of this our people tell us Orbit is a great place to work for.

At Orbit, our people are enthusiastic and passionate about making a real difference to our customers and communities. We are one team where everyone is connected and encouraged to have the freedom to think differently.

Each year we build many new affordable homes and manage a total portfolio of around 45,000 properties.  Over 100,000 people live in an Orbit home and our innovative approach empowers every one of them to grow and thrive.  We are commercially driven. The more profit we make, the more we invest into the communities that we work for, improving services and playing a key role in driving UK housing growth.

Work for Orbit.  Believe in people.

We have so much more that we’d like to share with you so please submit your CV demonstrating the value you could bring to Orbit.

We put the safeguarding of our customers, colleagues and contractors at the heart of everything we do and as such, certain roles will be subject to a DBS check.

Application Deadline: 29 September 2021