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Springboard, VICS, Engie and Gentoo building back better to support Sunderland’s Veterans

12 Apr 2021

Building on the established partnership with Veterans in Crisis Sunderland, Springboard are proud to announce the launch of a new collaboration with ENGIE and Gentoo supporting Springboards Construction Hub based in the centre of Sunderland.

Springboard, VICS, Engie and Gentoo are providing a pilot programme of construction training for Veterans starting April 12th.  The programme will equip participants with real world skills and experience designed and supported by two of the largest employers in this field.


Reay, CEO, Springboard, said: ‘’We are immensely proud of the new partnerships which will allow us to provide fantastic opportunities for those wanting to gain skills, qualifications and employment in the construction industry. This is an especially important project given the rapid developments taking place not only in Sunderland but across the region and the government’s desire to build back better. This pilot in particular offers Veterans an exciting opportunity to gain access into the industry.’’

Amy Porter, CSR Manager at ENGIE, said: “We are delighted to be working shoulder-to-shoulder with Springboard and Gentoo to support members of Veterans in Crisis Sunderland to get the skills and training to help them move into careers in the construction industry.

We are always keen to support anyone who wants to make the step into construction but might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in courses and training programmes. I can’t wait to meet the first group of trainees who have made the decision to learn new skills.”

Ger Fowler, Chief Executive of VICS, said: ‘’This is another great example of Sunderland organisations coming together to support our Veterans. The opportunity to gain access to training, qualifications and jobs in the construction trade with two of the biggest  employers in the region is fantastic for our clients’’

Nigel Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at Gentoo Group, said: “Supporting the armed forces network in Sunderland is hugely important to Gentoo and I am delighted that local veterans will be able to put some of the training and skills gained via Springboard into practice on Gentoo’s affordable housing construction sites.

Collaborating with key partners in the city, such as Springboard, VICS and Engie, is a critical part of Gentoo’s strategy moving forward and we are proud to play a key role in creating this fantastic opportunity. I would like to thank John Ford and the partners for creating the programme, which, I believe, will be life changing for the people involved.”

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