Great Annual Savings Apprentices

GAS welcomes fifth cohort of apprentices to award-winning scheme

Award-winning apprenticeship provider, Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) has opened its doors to four apprentices ready to take on the world of work.

This month marked the group’s fifth intake after scouring the North East to find the brightest and best candidates. After complying with strict selection criteria, four applicants were chosen to join the business after demonstrating a can-do attitude and an eagerness to get on and succeed.

Holly Vasey, Owen Stevens, Bobbi Hodgson and Lee Crabtree will all be taking on apprenticeships in Customer Experience, Energy Management, Finance and IT respectively.

GAS is an award-winning apprenticeship provider, included within the UK’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers in 2016.

Judith Bennison, Group HR Director at GAS said: “After winning at the National Apprenticeship Awards, we’ve continued with our commitment to generating apprenticeships and jobs in the North East.

“This commitment will continue, and we look forward to providing a first-class opportunity for more young people to develop a career in the future.”

Unlike some other schemes, GAS doesn’t believe in isolating apprentices in a classroom environment. Instead, they are encouraged to get fully immersed in their teams so they get first-hand experience which will prove invaluable in their careers.

This promotion of inclusion means that the group has an excellent retention rate and the majority of the group’s previous apprentices are now employed in full time roles with the business after excelling with the scheme.

Find out more information on careers with GAS.

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Paul JohnsonGroup Financial Director

Paul Johnson is very much a home-grown talent.

He joined Great Annual Savings Group in its infancy, fresh from a youth career as a professional footballer with Hartlepool United.  He quickly established a reputation within the business and aced all required accountancy qualifications in the space of four years to become the Group’s Management Accountant.

Several successful projects later, Paul was promoted to Head of Finance.  When the former FD left GAS, he took on the mantle of the business’ most senior finance professional; boasting a string of incredible achievements all under the age of 30.

Quote:

“I have witnessed phenomenal growth at the Group over the many years I’ve worked here and I’m looking forward to guiding the Group into an exciting new chapter.”

Interesting fact:

Paul made his professional debut for Hartlepool United against Bournemouth in the Football League.  Some say Danny Ings still resides in his pocket to this day.