On a mission to inspire the next generation to think bigger.
Founded in 2015, Orbit is one of the UK’s fastest growing Social Enterprises and currently has operations in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Manchester.
Our primary work involves supporting teenagers, aged 16 – 18, to either launch businesses or to find a job, and support them through the process of doing so.
We were disgruntled by overly-corporate, stale educational programmes within schools and wanted to challenge the status quo.
In 2015, founder Kieran stood outside a factory for three hours, unannounced, to meet Sir Tom Hunter, and pitched Orbit to him in the middle of the car park.
Since then, Orbit has gained the backing of some of the UK’s biggest business and political figures. We’ve got a proven model, and are taking it UK wide.
As a Social Enterprise, we’re a fully self-sustaining business which doesn’t accept donations.
We strike a balance between profit, and purpose, and this guides every decision we make.
We were founded to have an impact on shaping the future of the next generation, and we’re living proof that where you’re going in life matters much more than where you’ve been.
We’ve got a solid team to power Orbit as we take our model around the UK.
Our Director, James Fleming, is a big believer in thinking big. He coaches clients through his business, The Power Within: www.thepowerwithin.org.uk
This video interview documents his rise from a working class Wishaw boy, to managing a 30,000 person remit in Dubai and advising the UK Prime Minister in Downing Street.
Kieran is responsible for securing partnerships with organisations, ensuring that we keep our high standards, and visits our programmes meeting with schools and Orbiteers.
David’s main job is to make sure that we don’t go bankrupt. He also invoices schools, and pays the bills and wages.
He provides updates on our financial position, and manages our cash flow.
Lesley maintains relationships with all of our school and business clients. She is the point of of contact for schools and businesses when they sign up to work with us, and provides warm and competent customer service.
Kieran was a previous Orbiteer, and opened a computer repair shop in Glasgow. He then joined Orbit’s team, and is responsible for getting new schools and businesses to sign up.
Hassan oversees the administration for our Orbit programme. He collates with our partners, mentors, Orbiteers, and ‘Gaffers’, and ensures everything goes to plan.
James advises the company as we grow, and manages our Glasgow programme. He trains our team (and Orbiteers) to reach peak performance.
Programme Gaffers are experienced intrapreneurs and/or entrepreneurs based in each city we work operate from.
They are responsible for managing our local programme, arranging mentoring sessions, and delivering the workshops.
This is a paid role. You can apply to be a Programme Gaffer below.
Regional Representatives are tasked with building relationships with our clients at a local level, and helping to run Orbit’s programme.
Each Representative visits schools to sign them up to the programme, and places our posters and marketing material in schools.
Our Reps also deliver motivational speeches to assembly halls of students. This is a paid role, and you can apply through the below button.
We have a team of 36 volunteer mentors to work with students in our programme. This team will grow to 120 people by 2020!
If you’re keen to support next generation, and are experienced in either a specific industry or entrepreneurship, then apply online today.
For just an hour a month, you can guide 5 teenage Orbiteers into finding a job, or launching a business.
Ernst & Young are one of the world’s leading financial services firms.
Through the EY foundation, Ersnt and Young have been supporting Orbit since 2017 and provide our Edinburgh Gaff.
The Prince’s Trust are the UK’s leading foundation for supporting young people.
They began supporting Orbit in early 2017, and provide our Glasgow Gaff.