Investing in our workforce of the future as 16 apprentices begin their careers

Sixteen apprentices have set off on their careers with us as part of our investment in our workforce of the future.

Our new recruits will train in their roles for between two to four years and will be deployed to a range of services across the organisation, including:

  • Paralegal
  • Building surveying
  • Housing management
  • Arboriculture
  • Business administration
  • Electrical
  • Gas
  • Plumbing and heating engineering

Our new apprentices, who came out on top of 1150 applicants for the vacancies, will start on salaries of £12,500, which is £5,200 above the minimum apprentice wage. Upon completion of each year of their apprenticeship, their pay will increase by £3,000.

We were recently awarded an Investors in People Gold accreditation for our commitment to developing and engaging with our workforce, and since we were founded in 2001, we have created 276 apprenticeship opportunities for local people, with 90% of apprentices going on to full-time, permanent employment within the business. 

Elle Graham, who has started a Building Surveying apprenticeship at Gentoo, said:

“We’ve had a great first few days getting to know the business and the people we’ll be working with. We’re all grateful for the opportunity we’ve been given and can’t wait to start learning in our new roles. Gentoo has a great track record of developing apprentices into successful full time employees and we’re all excited to build our careers with the Group.”

Gentoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Wilson, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome our new apprentice cohort to Gentoo. Providing training and employment opportunities for local people is a top priority for Gentoo and it’s crucial we continue to invest in our workforce of the future. I look forward to us equipping our new apprentices with the right skills and knowledge to ensure they’re able to build a bright future both for themselves and for Group.”

We have already started planning for our next apprentice intake and anyone interested in applying for an apprenticeship with the Group in 2020 is advised to monitor for updates.