Employability and training

Employability and training

At Gentoo, we’re dedicated to providing employability support and training for those wanting to get back into the workplace. We also understand the importance of learning new skills for the wellbeing of individuals in terms of socialising, self-confidence and personal development. Learning a new skill can open doors to new opportunities that you might not have considered and can be the first step into a career path.

Finding access to the right support can be confusing so we’ve centralised all of our services below to help you easily navigate your way through.

What we offer:

Wise Steps

Wise Steps helps people in Tyne & Wear transform their lives, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund. Our project provides customers with one-to-one tailored support via a dedicated Job Coach to help you make the first steps towards getting back in to work.

By joining the Wise Steps programme, we can give you the help you need to make positives steps towards work. During your time with us, your Job Coach will work with you to identify any areas we can support you in and create a plan to help you achieve your goals.

Being a part of Wise Steps means you also get access to specialist partners, who can provide a host of services to help you move forward. Whether you need assistance organising your finances or you want to feel more confident in the digital world; we’re here to help.

Wise Steps can help if you are:

  • Aged 18 and over
  • Entitled to work in the UK
  • Not in paid employment or self-employment
  • Experiencing multiple barriers towards getting a job

You can be referred into Wise Steps by contacting your local area housing office staff. 


Northern Rights – Under One Roof

The goal of the Under One Roof project is to increase the employment opportunities of those who face particular barriers entering the labour market, including those who are long-term unemployed, those aged 50+, those from ethnic minorities, those with disabilities, health conditions, and women negatively impacted by the gender gap. Using dedicated Job Coaches, the project will deliver bespoke learning and information including:

  • Confidence for life and work
  • English
  • Maths
  • Digital skills
  • Writing CV’s
  • Interview skills

The project will:

  • Improve the employability of long term unemployment
  • Provide individuals with bespoke additional support in accordance with their needs
  • Encourage inactive people to participate in the labour market
  • Address basic skills needs of unemployed and inactive people

You can be referred into Under One Roof by contacting your local area housing office staff or for more information email tlynn@northernrights.org.uk  or call 0191 4661095


SAFC Foundation of Light

The Foundation of Light offer a number of employability courses delivered at the Beacon of Light including:

  • Back on track: Engages young people 14-19 years old classed as pre-NEET or NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). Provides a range of accredited and non-accredited courses to increase self-esteem, raise aspirations, improve life and employment skills.
  • Back in the Game: a 10 week employability programme open to all adults over 19 years old who are unemployed and actively seeking employment. It addresses attitude, fitness and skills and enables learners to gain accredited work skills, literacy and numeracy.

All information and contact details are available on the Foundation website www.foundationoflight.co.uk or tel. 0191 5634777.


Community Led Local Development (CLLD)

Community Led Local Development (CLLD) is a City of Sunderland programme funded via European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) funding.

The approach recognises the value of communities both identifying issues and solutions to those issues in relation to employment, enterprise and building community capacity as a foundation for economic growth.

Projects/initiatives must address ways to fill gaps in local employment and skills provision, stimulate pilot projects and build the capacity of specific client groups, organisations, potential entrepreneurs and local enterprises.

Successful projects support the delivery of 3 key objectives:

  • Objective 1 - Enhance employment and skills provision
  • Objective 2 Boost enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • Objective 3 Improve community capacity, partnership working and social innovation

Almost all of the City can benefit from CLLD (with the exception of the Coalfields) and all information relating to the programme and the local area based projects being delivered can be found on the Council’s website www.sunderland.gov.uk or email clld@sunderland.gov.uk


Self-employment support

The North East BIC, located at Wearfield, Enterprise Park East, can provide comprehensive information and support should you be interested in starting up your own business.  

For more information tel. 0191 5166200 or email at info@ne-bic.co.uk

CV Workshop:

A CV, which stands for curriculum vitae, is a document used when applying for jobs. Although not all employers will request a CV as part of their recruitment process, it is useful to create a CV as it allows you to summarise your education, skills and experience, enabling you to “sell” your abilities to potential employers.

It is recommended that your CV should be no longer than two sides of A4. However, if you have only recently left full time education don’t worry about your CV being less than two sides. What is important is that it includes the main points of your education and relevant experience. 

What to include in a CV:

Make sure you include your full name, address, telephone numbers and email so employers can contact you.

Provide a short statement highlighting your key attributes, picking out a few relevant achievement and skills and expressing your career aims. Keep this focused on the sector you are applying to.

Outline your most recent experience first and make sure you mention anything that is relevant to the job you are applying for. If you are straight out of school include any part time work (Saturday jobs), work experience completed as part of education courses, or relevant volunteering.

List and date all previous education, including professional qualifications. Place the most recent first.

Try to keep this relevant to the job you are applying for and might include foreign languages you speak, IT packages you are competent to use, awards you have won. Include any and all job specific skills relevant to the post you are applying for which will sell you to the prospective employer.

Only include a section on your interests if they will catch the attention of the recruiter. Socialising, going to the cinema and reading are not going to make you stand out from all other candidates. Relevant interests can help build up a picture of who you are but including a section in your CV because you think you should is not essential.

You do not need to provide the names of referees at this stage. Employers will ask for references at the appropriate time should they wish to make a job offer.

Download our CV template:

Get in touch

For further information, please contact:

Katie Price (Job Coach)

T: 0191 525 5200

M: 07436583325

E: Katie.Price@gentoogroup.com