The Academy

Introducing the GAS Group Academy for apprentices

Great Annual Savings Group (GAS) is thrilled to be creating scores of new jobs with the launch of the first phase of its new Apprenticeship Academy.

The Group will open the doors to its new ‘GAS Group Academy’ on 1 June, exactly two years to the day since moving into its stylish headquarters on Spectrum Business Park, Seaham.

The Academy will initially offer apprenticeships for 20 people, but that’s just the start.  The plan is for it to become a full division of the business and create even more jobs for both apprentices and team managers with more phased intakes at regular intervals.

The GAS Board has chosen to facilitate further growth by expanding its multi-award winning apprenticeship scheme, which has seen the firm named on the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list already in 2017.

A dedicated team manager will be recruited to guide all of the new staff through a two-year apprenticeship in Lead Generation [LINK TO JOB ROLE PAGE ON OUR SITE].

The initiative is extraneous to the Group’s apprenticeship scheme, which will also have its usual annual intake in September/October 2017.  The Group has been praised for its scheme, still only 18 months old, for its market-leading packages and opportunities for young staff, which include exceptional apprentice pay levels way above the norm; apprentice social events; monetary rewards; and an apprentice spokesperson who attends Board meetings.

Bradley Groves, chief executive and chairman of GAS, said: “We’ve seen significant success with our apprenticeship scheme and continue to benefit from what our apprentices bring to the business.

“The GAS Group Academy is unlike anything else in our industry.  We’re breaking the mould with our recruitment and building a new way to bring talent into our industry, while creating opportunities for young people in the North East.

“We’re proud to continue to create employment opportunities in our region.  The aim of the Academy is to produce graduates who will be able to walk straight into a sales-related career and excel.”

The Academy has been developed with the help of training partners Talent Training UK Ltd, who have advised the Group throughout their apprenticeship scheme and will help manage the applications process.

Applications are now open for both the team manager and apprenticeship positions.  More information on the roles is available here:

To apply for any of the roles, click here.

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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.


“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.