A leading UK housing group has partnered with a career development app in an innovative partnership as part of its £5million a year investment in communities.

Orbit has partnered, as part of its Better Days programme, with social enterprise Stay Nimble to establish digital support in the delivery of employment and training services to hundreds of residents.

The relationship started through a meet the buyer event, run by the social enterprise procurement platform Supply Change. Supply Change matches buyers with social enterprise suppliers of goods and services through their online procurement tool.

Orbit chose to partner with Stay Nimble following rigorous testing with the employment team and analysis against our customer’s needs. Stay Nimble’s unique combination of local labour market data matched with a person’s individual personality strengths attracted Orbit to the platform, as an important digital opportunity to scale and personalise the employability support it offers.

The initial rollout will provide 150 Orbit customers nine months of access to the Stay Nimble platform to help them to develop their careers, alongside access to the employment team at Orbit.

Alec Mohun-Smith, Employment Skills and Enterprise Programme Manager, said: “There is strong alignment between Stay Nimble and our ambition to transform the way we support our customers, utilising new technologies to address the evolving challenges of employment and skills provision. We are passionate about bringing the latest technologies and opportunities to support our customers and excited to see the results and feedback of our customers using the Stay Nimble platform.” 

Dominic Atkinson, CEO, Stay Nimble, said: “We are on a mission to help everyone find their purpose in the new world of work, and we direct our work toward achieving UN SDGs including Sustainable Communities. This partnership with Orbit is a critical next step for Stay Nimble to accelerate this impact, and support Orbit’s customers to thrive in an uncertain labour market. We’re delighted to be able to help Orbit with the development of its digital capability in supporting its customers with training and careers.”

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About Orbit

Orbit is one of the largest housing groups in the country with a growing property portfolio of over 45,000 homes spanning the Midlands, east and south.

We are the UK’s leading developer of new homes for affordable and social rent and over the next 10 years, we aim to build 20,000 homes of which 65% will be affordable. We build homes across all tenures and are a market leader in the delivery of shared ownership.

We place our customers at the heart of what we do, investing in communities to make great places to live. Our profit for a purpose approach enables us to invest £4 million each year back into our communities making a positive difference to people’s lives. Our Better Days programme helps customers improve their skills around work and digital, manage their money and enhance their well-being.

As a business, we operate in a dynamic and flexible environment with a strong performance culture, attracting and retaining the best talent. Our values-led approach means that our employees are passionate about achieving our vision; to lead in building thriving communities.

For the second year in a row, we have been recognised as one of the best companies to work for in the Times 100 not-for-profit sector, having climbed an outstanding 31 places, from 77th place in 2019 to 46th place this year. We have achieved this status following an independent survey of our employees carried out by Best Companies. We believe that achieving 46th place in this prestigious list is a direct reflection of how employees feel about working at Orbit.

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About Stay Nimble

Stay Nimble is an award-winning tech social enterprise supporting thousands of people to navigate career transitions through accessible and affordable digital career management support. Dubbed the “Headspace” of career coaching, the Stay Nimble platform empowers mid-career adults to successfully navigate their working lives and helps businesses of all sizes to support their employees during redundancy

Recognised by Seedrs as one of Europe’s brightest start-ups, Stay Nimble is on a mission to help everyone to find their purpose in the new world of work, and directs its activities to help society achieve four of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

www.staynimble.co.uk