Apprenticeship, graduate and work experience opportunities

Apprenticeships, graduate programmes and work experience placements are an excellent way to gain the skills and experience you need to secure the job you want.

Orbit’s Work Inspiration Programme supports the organisation's 2020 Vision, to provide 10,000 training and employment opportunities by 2020, through delivering positive, meaningful and quality experiences for people who are joining the working environment for the first time.

If you are starting work with Orbit straight from school, college or university, or through routes such as Job Centre employment placement schemes, you could fall into one of the following categories:

  • Graduates
  • Apprenticeships
  • Internships
  • Work experience

Working with our partners we aim to attract, retain and further develop new talent throughout the organisation, to give more people the opportunity to get into work. 

Graduates

Orbit has been delivering graduate placements throughout the organisation for a number of years. We work closely with the Centre for Partnership in delivering its Graduate Employee Mentoring (GEM) Programme, providing all graduates with the opportunity to study for a Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) level 4 certificate in housing, in conjunction with a one year work placement at Orbit.

Pippa Medley speaks about her experience as a GEM graduate at Orbit.

For more information on the GEM Programme, click here.

Apprenticeships

Orbit's apprenticeship opportunities are open to everyone age 16 or over.

Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain the skills, experience and qualifications you need to secure the job you want, while getting paid. Orbit currently has apprentices based within the following areas across the organisation:

  • Income Services
  • Property Maintenance
  • HR/Academy
  • Housing
  • Community Investment
  • Finance
  • IT 

Orbit also works closely with external partners to develop further apprenticeship opportunities and work placements. Our partners include Willmott Dixon, Mitie and Miller Homes to name a few. 

Listen to Ryan’s story and find out how becoming a Mitie apprentice through Orbit made him happier and more confident.

Listen to Tom’s journey and find out how he progressed from Housing Apprentice to Performance Analyst.

Internships

An internship provides you with an opportunity to gain meaningful and relevant professional experience before embarking on a career. Internships are time limited work placements that offer an introduction to a particular field of work whilst enhancing your employability and skillset. 

Internships are suitable for:

  • Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students whereby internships may take place during holiday periods or a ‘sandwich’ year which is normally a specific course requirement.
  • Students who are in further education, for example sixth form, colleges and adult education institutes whereby internships may take place during holiday periods.
  • Adults wishing to pursue a new career path that may or may not have attended further or higher education. 

An internship at Orbit can last between a minimum of 3 months and 12 months (but no longer than 12 months). There are two separate options for perspective interns to choose.

Option 1 – Internship 3-12 months

Undergraduate, graduate and post graduate placements, students in Higher Education, adults wishing to undertake a new career path could all be considered for internships.

Option 2 – Sandwich placement (12 months)

A sandwich placement for a student is typically 12 months of work experience taken as part of a student’s degree, which normally forms the third year of a four year undergraduate degree programme.


Work Experience

Orbit, in conjunction with our partners, offer a range of work experience placements to customers and students living in our communities.

We have two types of work experience available. The first is for young people from local schools and colleges who are aged between 14-18 years old and the second is aimed at adults who require work experience to develop skills to enable them to secure employment.

Following a two week work experience placement, an a-level student from Coventry said: "If I had the opportunity I would like to come back here. More work experience? An apprenticeship? A full-time job? I don’t know yet, but the idea will always be there. I have enjoyed these two weeks more than I expected and I’m very thankful for the opportunity." 

All placements are agreed for a fixed, limited period of time providing you with a clear snapshot of what it is like to work in a particular field.


If you would like to find out more, or you are not sure what you would like to do, please get in touch with Lisa Massey from Orbit Academy to talk through your options.

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