Sunderland housing firm Gentoo recruiting new apprentices

Gentoo Apprentices, Amy Kelsey and Harry McMullen.
Gentoo Apprentices, Amy Kelsey and Harry McMullen.

One of Sunderland’s biggest employers is on the lookout for new apprentices.

House provider Gentoo, working in partnership with Sunderland College, is offering office-based business administration roles in Health and Safety, support and customer services, with applications open until 5pm on Friday, July 13.

To date, the organisation has created more than 240 apprenticeships since 2001, and currently has 31 apprentices in the business.

Louise Bassett, executive director (Corporate Services) at Gentoo said: “Offering apprenticeships is part of our People Strategy and we have a strong track record of supporting people through their chosen career path.

“By working in partnership with Sunderland College we have successfully recruited enthusiastic and talented apprentices and we are delighted to be helping to develop young people and adults to gain the necessary skills and qualifications to enhance their careers.

“We look forward to welcoming another three apprentices to Gentoo.”

Harry McMullen, who joined Gentoo as a Sales and Marketing Apprentice last year, said: “I have had so many opportunities since joining Gentoo, and have gained hands-on experience whilst also studying for a professional qualification in the sale of residential property.

“I would highly recommend an office-based apprenticeship at Gentoo as it has provided me with a great opportunity to learn about the different departments within a large organisation and I’ve already gained some invaluable business acumen that will give a great platform to propel my career.”

Payroll Apprentice at Gentoo Amy Kelsey said: “I chose an apprenticeship with Gentoo because I knew Gentoo was a big organisation and it was a great opportunity to develop more skills and meet new people.

“I would recommend Gentoo as a place to do an apprenticeship because it is a great place to work and everyone is so supportive.

“I enjoy going to work and learning at the same time. I would highly recommend this as a place to work for anyone looking for an apprenticeship.”

Those interested in the roles can apply at

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an assessment centre, week commencing 26 July, followed by interviews which will take place from August 1 to 3.

Successful applicants will start on Monday, September 3.