House party as firm named among best

Six of Cestria's new apprentices
Six of Cestria's new apprentices
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A County Durham housing association has been named alongside some of the UK’s biggest employers as one of the best places to work by trainees and apprentices.

Cestria Community Housing was placed at number 24 on a list of the 72 Top Employers for School & College Leavers.

It joins companies such as Asda, Nestle and Virgin Media.

The Chester-le-Street-based company, which employs 160 people, was also named as one of the Top Intermediate Apprenticeships providers, coming in at number seven on a list of 24 national organisations.

The news was announced at the Top Employers for School & College Leavers awards, which are organised by, and recognise companies that raise awareness of and deliver apprenticeships, school leaver programmes and sponsored degrees.

All the companies included on the list were voted for and rated by their own apprentices and trainees, through anonymous satisfaction surveys.