Nexus, the public body which delivers public transport services in Tyne and Wear, has taken eight new recruits on its apprenticeship scheme.
The apprentices, who started work on Monday 17 September, have begun training across a range of Nexus departments, including the Shields Ferry, the Tyne and Wear Metro, transport planning and business administration.
And it was a first day to remember when they got the chance to meet the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP, during his visit to the Metro depot in Newcastle as the five bidders who want design and build the new Metro fleet were announced.
Five of the new recruits will be trained as the engineers and technicians who will be maintaining Metro trains and infrastructure for many years to come, ensuring that Metro has a bright future.
Director of Finance and Resources at Nexus, John Fenwick, said: “I’m delighted to welcome this group of apprentices to Nexus. They will get first class vocational training, opening the door to a brilliant career in the public transport industry.
“Over the last five years we have invested in training so that we have the right people and the right skills in place with Nexus to deliver the range of essential services that we provide.
“More and more young people are looking straight at vocational training schemes that lead to a skilled job at the end of it. Nexus recognises this, which why we have expanded our apprentice scheme as we seek to refresh our workforce to ensure that it’s fit for the future.”
Nexus is working in partnership with two training providers in delivering its apprenticeships.
The Northern Skills Group is the commercial arm of Middlesbrough College and Vortex Training Solutions based in Gateshead.