Gentoo Group Welcome 27 New Apprentices
Published by Anonymous for Gentoo Group in Communities and also in Care and Support, Central Government, Education
The new apprentices at a celebratory event at Sunderland's Stadium of Light
Social business Gentoo has welcomed 27 apprentices to fill a range of roles throughout their Group of companies, after an innovative recruitment process gave potential employees the opportunity to attend a pre-employment programme.
Over nine weeks, 45 people of all ages and varying levels or 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 pre-employment programme, the successful apprentices were invited to begin their roles, ranging from business administration, health and social care, to joinery. Over the next two years apprentices will also study towards a qualification in their chosen career.
Adam Burnikell, 19, recently started his quantity surveying apprenticeship with Gentoo. He 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 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. The advice and valuable experience they will receive will have a significant impact on their confidence and future prospects – ultimately improving their Art of Living.
“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.”
Apprentices are not just encouraged to complete their apprenticeship but to excel and discover themselves within it, with opportunities to explore and discover other roles across the Group, discovering their own interests within the world of work. Part of this involves completing the ‘Be’ experience which encourages self-discovery and emotional resilience, improving self-confidence and increasing aspirations. They are also enrolled onto the Duke of Edinburgh Award designed to give additional skills in team work, and leadership.
Gentoo Group’s whole ethos is about believing nothing is impossible and finding new ways to challenge conventions, Gentoo aims to make society a better place to live and to make a real difference to the way people live their life. To find out more about Gentoo, visit gentoogroup.com for more information or follow @gentoogroup on Twitter.