Working At Gentoo

We’re a values driven organisation, with a clear vision, a social purpose, and a commitment to investing in people, place and property.

We’re always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team – could you be next?

About Us

We're a housing association that provides more than 60,000 people in Sunderland with a place they can call home.

We believe everyone has the right to live in a good quality home they can afford and invest millions of pounds every year in keeping our existing homes safe, secure, and compliant.

Not only do we provide vital housing - we support our tenants, residents and communities by investing in services that help people live their best possible life whether this be helping people into work, victims of domestic abuse and enabling young people to live independently.

Gentoo Homes is our commercial arm who build 5-star quality homes across the North East.

For more information visit Gentoo Homes’ website.


Our vision is about inspired people and strong communities, and we believe that in order to be strong, our communities and workplaces need to be inclusive. We’re very passionate about ensuring that differences which make us all unique are not only understood but also valued and celebrated.

We are proud to be one of the largest employers in Sunderland, and leading provider of social housing in the North East. We offer competitive salaries and an extensive benefits package to ensure that we attract, reward and retain our talented people. We are continually developing what we offer, demonstrating our commitment to our colleagues and an understanding of the importance of their wellbeing and work life balance. This includes striving to promote a healthy working environment with the wellbeing of our colleagues at the forefront.

At Gentoo, our primary purpose is to support and strengthen our local communities by providing great homes to our tenants and customers, it is therefore important to us to be able to reward our colleagues who make this happen. We are proud to have been awarded IIP Gold status in recognition for our commitment to our people and we are now on our journey to achieving Platinum status.   We are also part of the Living Wage Foundation to ensure all our colleagues are paid fairly and valued for the work they do.

In addition, Gentoo is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which is a good practice forum for sexual orientation and gender identity issues in the workplace.



We understand the importance of gaining practical experience in the workplace whether that be through an apprenticeship programme or works experience.

We have created 276 apprenticeship opportunities to date, with 90% of our recruits going onto secure a full time, permanent job with us. You will benefit from a combination of hands-on working opportunities and off-site training while studying toward a formal qualification in your chosen career. 

Our exciting roles also come with a generous 29 days holiday, excellent terms and conditions and a company pension scheme. Apprenticeship recruitment is reviewed annually, and opportunities will normally be advertised at the beginning of each calendar year. 

We also offer work experience where we can assist you in gaining knowledge for your course or qualification. We appreciate and value all applications, however, due to the high demand we are not able to offer everyone a placement, but we do encourage you to keep applying. 

Work experience provides many benefits, giving you skills and experience that will allow you to stand out to potential employers as well as helping you choose the right sector to work in.

If you have any questions, or require any further information please email

Current Vacancies

Procurement Apprentice

  • Location: Emperor House
  • Salary: £12,500
  • Type: Temporary

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen to join Gentoo Group’s Procurement team in the role of a Procurement Apprentice. The team is currently implementing its new five-year strategy, and as part of that is adopting a new partnering approach – and an Apprentice will be key in assisting the Team in achieving its targets. The successful Candidate will be required to be part of a fast-paced team and be able to work in both a reactive and planned manner to ensure compliance with the Group’s Financial Regulations as well as those set out within the Public Contract Regulations. The role will be widely varied and will incorporate administration duties as well as in-house training to help develop the candidate in their journey towards a future career within Procurement. The successful candidate will be provided with training and will have involvement in tendering practices and procedures, the collation and writing of tender documentation and the various procurement routes available,...

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