Gentoo invests in the future of the North East

We are looking to recruit 10 new apprentices to start in September 2017.

We have developed the apprenticeships through our partnerships with Sunderland College and New College Durham, where the apprentices will study towards a qualification in their chosen career.

The roles cover a number of vocations, including office-based roles in finance, sales and marketing and administration, as well as construction site management with applications open until 5pm on Friday 14 July.

We are committed to developing talent and creating learning opportunities for people in the North East, and since 2001, we have employed more than 240 apprentices.

This is not only an important part of our workforce planning but is creating new learning and development opportunities for people in the region.

Executive Director (Corporate Services) at Gentoo, Louise Bassett, said: “Offering apprenticeship opportunities is part of our People Strategy at Gentoo. We are committed to developing talent and apprentices are an excellent way of doing this.

“Last year we took on 20 apprentices who are not only starting to make a real difference in the workplace but have also received recognition for their dedication and hard work at some of the North East’s most prestigious awards.

“We are so proud of their achievements and we look forward to welcoming another 10 apprentices to Gentoo.”

Former Business Administration apprentice at Gentoo, Anna Redman, now works as a Project Assistant as part of the Safety and Support Team and was named Apprentice of the Year at this year’s Young Achievers’ Awards in Sunderland and at the North East Chartered Institute of Housing Awards.

Anna said: “Through my apprenticeship with Gentoo I have developed a number of skills.

“Since achieving my qualification I have secured employment with Gentoo doing a job that I love. I would recommend anyone who is considering doing an apprenticeship to do one with Gentoo. The level of support that I’ve received has been amazing and I’ve had so many opportunities to learn and develop.”

Louise Bassett added: “Anna has been a superstar since she joined us in 2015 as an apprentice and her recent awards are a great recognition of her hard work and commitment.”

Construction Apprentice at Gentoo, Steven Watson, was also recognised for his achievements at Sunderland College’s inaugural Apprenticeship Awards, taking home the award for Construction Apprentice of the Year.

He said: “My apprenticeship with Gentoo has given me a great opportunity to learn a trade while earning a wage at the same time.

“I’ve benefitted from all of the skills and training I’ve received and would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone thinking of applying for the latest job roles at Gentoo.

“Once I complete my qualification, I plan on staying with Gentoo, working as a maintenance bricklayer.”

Ellen Thinnesen, Principal of Sunderland College, added: “Steven should be extremely proud of his achievement.

“Being recognised for his hard work just shows the commitment and dedication of our apprentices. Not only are they gaining ‘on the job’ experience to broaden future job prospects but they’re increasing their employability for future career opportunities.”

To apply for the apprenticeships, please visit:

Applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre, running from Monday 31 July 2017, followed by interviews which will begin week commencing Monday 7 August 2017. Successful applicants will start on Monday 11 September 2017.