Sunderland housing association Gentoo has received a Gold accreditation from Investors in People for its people management excellence.
The world-recognised Investors in People Standard assesses organisations on how they improve and support their workforce and the effectiveness of their leaders. Following a detailed assessment this summer that included surveys, interviews, meetings and observations with staff, Gentoo was rated as high performing and received its official Gold accreditation.
Investors in People assessors commended Gentoo for the genuine commitment of its leaders, its focus on rewarding and recognising its workforce, and for providing opportunities for colleagues to steer the direction of the business via a newly formed Employee Forum.
In July, the Group also achieved Living Wage Employer status from the Living Wage Foundation. The real Living Wage, which is higher than the national minimum wage, is a wage rate directly linked to the cost of living and is paid voluntarily by organisations. Through this accreditation, Gentoo has committed to paying all of its employees a Living Wage and to ensuring its third-party contracted and sub-contracted partners do the same.
Nigel Wilson, Gentoo Group Chief Executive, said: “This is great news for Gentoo as people are at the heart of our business.
“Investors in People has recognised the hard work we’ve put in to ensure our workforce has a say in the future of Gentoo, and that all colleagues have the opportunity to learn and develop in their roles.
“Our Living Wage Employer status means we not only pay our workforce a fair wage but that we can encourage our supply chain to the same.
“Having a dedicated, engaged workforce means we’re better able to provide top-quality services to our tenants, so the ongoing support of our people is vital to Gentoo.”
Gentoo is one of the largest employers in Sunderland and is known for providing quality jobs with career progression opportunities. Its recent apprentice recruitment campaign attracted 1,200 applications for just 16 positions, and the Group is currently recruiting a new development team to help it deliver 900 more affordable rented homes in Sunderland over the next five years.
Picture: Nigel Wilson, Gentoo Group Chief Executive, and members of the Employee Forum celebrate Gentoo’s Investors in People Gold award