Skills Lead

Location Coventry / Agile
Hours 36.25 hours
Salary £30,648 - £34,053
Contract FTC - 6 Months (Maternity Contract)
Division People

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.

Orbit are looking to recruit an experienced Skills Lead who has a strategic background within a skills, learning and business development. Ideally with a background working in the community, public or housing sector. In this role as Skills Lead you will need to identify and build positive relationships with targeted regional Training Providers to establish and secure accredited routeways for our customer talent pool.

A key part of this role will be to take responsible for taking forward any new programme proposals in accordance with Orbits skills strategy and supporting our work to join up services to our local communities

You will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the Thriving Communities Senior Management Team to deliver Orbits skills strategy ensuring team members and partners are achieving their performance indicators
  • Supporting strategic partnership identification and growth with a key focus on customer upskilling and reskilling opportunities linking to external partners of skills training, Apprenticeships and Orbits Future Talent team
  • Coordinating from initial discussion to sign off of Partnership Agreement with internal governance team
  • Leading the Partnership and Data Sharing management and governance of the services and accredited learning offers with Orbits external provision and internal team
  • Conducting regular partner reviews in accordance with Partnership Agreement inclusive of sharing best practice forums
  • Management and review of the register of skills provision externally delivered on behalf of Orbit customers and communities, updating as appropriate ensuring relevant to Orbits customer and communities needs
  • Management of the maintenance of the electronic monitoring system for skills learning activity from set up to evaluation, providing reporting to the management team
  • Leading on ensuring accurate records of all skills training partner activity is available to meet internal and external reporting and governance requirements
  • Leading on ensuring timely enrolment activities for customers with their external skills provision partner and teams are aware of the current offers available to them
  • To lead on gathering feedback from customers to support service delivery and validate impact of our Community Hubs, Skills and employment offers.
  • Evidencing quality of provision and outcome delivery with partners to ensure expected standards and progression outcomes are met for customers
  • Building strong working relationships across Orbit and with providers, other organisations and agencies to ensure our customers are provided with high quality learning opportunities and support
  • Working with the team to support the identification of opportunity, coordination and attendance at jobs and skills fairs

What will help you make a difference.

To be successful in this role of Skills Lead you will need to be able to demonstrate experience of positively engaging and managing our skilled training partners. It is also essential that you have:

  • Proven excellent relationship management skills leading to growth of service opportunities for customer benefit
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent IT skills including word, excel and databases
  • Interest in working with community and voluntary organisation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a range of internal and external audiences, both verbally and in writing
  • Must be willing to travel within the Orbit’s geography

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.

For those who want or need more of a work life balance our view is that this role is suitable for WorkSmart. This means we would consider a more flexible working arrangement, where your hours and work location are managed according to business, customer and personal needs. Agile working arrangements will be discussed during the interview process.

Some of our core benefits include:

  • Group 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:23/11/2021