Gentoo Group takes on 27 new apprentices

'Profit for purpose' organisation recruits through innovative pre-employment programme

Gentoo’s new apprentices celebrate at an induction event at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light
Gentoo’s new apprentices celebrate at an induction event at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

Gentoo Group has welcomed 27 new apprentices to fill a range of roles throughout its companies.

The appointments were made after an innovative recruitment process gave potential employees the opportunity to attend a pre-employment programme.

Over nine weeks, 45 people of varying ages and experience, took part in the programme, spending time in a variety of working environments.

After an interview process with external applicants as well as those from the programme, the successful apprentices were invited to take up positions ranging from business administration to health and social care to to joinery.

Over the next two years, the apprentices will also study towards a qualification in their chosen career.

Adam Burnikell, 19, who recently started his quantity surveying apprenticeship with the group, said: “When I was considering my options, Gentoo jumped out at me with the quantity surveying apprenticeship – I was desperate to do it.

“When I got the letter to say I was shortlisted I was over the moon. As soon as I started my job I was hooked and I’m enjoying every minute.”

Director of the group’s social investment, independence and enterprise division, Gentoo Living, Caroline Gitsham said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming 27 new apprentices to Gentoo.

“Through our apprenticeship programmes, people of all ages have been given the opportunity to realise their aspirations, improve their prospects and see exactly what exciting careers are available to them.

“This is not only a great opportunity for the apprentices but for Gentoo as a business.

“We aim to provide a talented new workforce which will continue to contribute to the local economy for years to come.”

Gentoo Group, which employs 1,857 people, describes itself as a “profit for purpose” organisation whose ambition is to improve the lives of the people, communities and the environment in which it operates by investing in people, the planet and property.

“It comprises seven companies, including Gentoo Homes, Gentoo Construction, Gentoo Green and the West of Scotland Housing Association.

Gentoo apprentices are not just encouraged to complete their apprenticeships, but to develop personally and explore roles across the group.

Apprentices are also enrolled on to the Duke of Edinburgh Award to boost their skills in team work and leadership.

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