Sunderland-based housing association Gentoo Group is recruiting apprentices to join its workforce with support from Sunderland College.

As part of its ongoing commitment to create employment and training opportunities in the city, Gentoo is offering 14 apprenticeships across a variety of business areas including Repairs & Maintenance, Human Resources, Procurement, Property Investment, Legal and Estate Services.

The apprenticeships take between two to four 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.”

Since its formation in 2001, Gentoo has played a key role in developing the North East’s future workforce by creating 277 apprenticeship opportunities, with many being placed through a strategic partnership with Sunderland College which is one of the North East’s largest apprenticeship providers.

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 are open now and those interested in the vacancies have until Friday 23 July to apply online

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