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Apprentices Excel With Gentoo Group


Published by LauraMcKinlay for Gentoo Group in Education and also in Care and Support, Communities, Environment

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Nine apprentices from East Durham College have been praised for their hard work by employers, social business Gentoo Group.

The apprentices, Robyn Longley, Lewis Christie, George Richardson, Lewis Robson, Kris Nicholson, Daniel Watt, Nick Craggs and Adam Wright who are studying Horticulture and Mark Thurlbeck who is studying Arboriculture, are all coming to the end of an exciting 20-week programme, with some of the Apprentices securing jobs with Gentoo as a result.

Spending one day a week at the College’s Houghall Campus and four days working for the Sunderland-based housing giant, all the students are on target to successfully complete their Apprenticeships at the end of January.

East Durham College Apprenticeships work placement officer Alison Stephenson has hailed the new programme as a huge success and is delighted to see some of the students move into employment with Gentoo and other local employers.

Alison said: “This is a fantastic programme that we have in partnership with Gentoo and the students have really enjoyed their time on it. They have worked to a really high standard.

“It’s great to see some of the students heading straight into employment, and between the College and Gentoo we hope we can have all members of the group in full time employment in the very near future.”

Alison is also hoping the blossoming partnership between East Durham College and Gentoo can continue to grow in the future after a very successful start.

Alison added: “Nine apprentices with one company is a large number and it’s great to see one company looking to take on so many Apprentices and helping to give them some fabulous experience in a real working environment.

“This programme has been fantastic and we hope to continue to grow our partnership with Gentoo in the future.”

Director of Gentoo Living, Caroline Gitsham said: “It’s been a great experience working with East Durham College and one that has been very beneficial to our apprentices as they work hard to complete their horticulture qualification. They are learning valuable skills for their future.

“At Gentoo, our vision is ‘to improve the art of living beyond imagination’ and our apprenticeship programme is one of the ways we achieve this. Through apprenticeships, young people are being given the opportunity to realise their ambitions, improve their prospects and see what careers are available to them. We look forward to see what the future has in store.”



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