We are once again on the lookout for a number of apprentices to join our workforce, as part of our ongoing commitment to create employment and training opportunities in Sunderland.
Since being formed in 2001, we have created 277 apprenticeship opportunities, with over 90% of recruits successfully completing their apprenticeship with us.
The latest intake will provide opportunities across a variety of business areas including Repairs & Maintenance, Human Resources, Procurement, Property Investment, Legal and Estate Services. The apprenticeships take between 2 to 4 years to complete, with a starting salary of £12,500 rising by £3,000 on successful completion of each year. The positions come with a range of attractive benefits including 29 days holiday plus bank holidays, a cash healthcare plan, employee assistance programme and access to an online portal of retail discounts.
Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo group, said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to create further apprenticeship opportunities for people across Wearside as we continue to invest in our workforce of the future.
“As one of the largest employers in Sunderland we are committed to providing employment and training opportunities for residents and we look forward to supporting the new recruits in realising their potential.
Katie Evans, who joined Gentoo as an apprentice in 2019 and is now a Neighbourhood Coordinator, said:
“I started my housing apprenticeship at the beginning of September 2019. I absolutely loved being an apprentice for Gentoo, it was fun to work in different parts of the business getting a rounded knowledge of social housing. I was always treated equally and with respect from other colleagues.
“Within my apprenticeship I got to experience a few different teams and offices, this really helped boost my confidence and knowledge around social housing and how Gentoo deliver their services to customers. This has helped me massively in my new role as a Neighbourhood Coordinator.”
Iain Nixon, Vice Principal for Partnerships and Commercial at Education Partnership North East, said:
"Sunderland College and Gentoo have a long history of working in partnership together. We are delighted to be supporting Gentoo with their latest apprenticeship programme, this is a great opportunity for anyone looking to start a career with one the City’s leading employers.
"Over recent years Gentoo’s apprenticeship programme has seen many young people go on to develop successful careers, and we are really looking forward to working with the latest cohort of apprentices."
Applications will open on Monday 12 July and those interested in the vacancies have until Friday 23 July to apply online. You can find out more about the roles and apply here.
We don't currently offer a Painting and Decorating apprenticeship but our partners at Bell Group do. You can register over on their website for their virtual event which is happening on 27 July at 11am.