Academy on right track

Marc McPake (front centre with blue tie) with the Capital Delivery Team from Nexus. Picture by Mark Savage.

Marc McPake (front centre with blue tie) with the Capital Delivery Team from Nexus. Picture by Mark Savage.

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An academy is helping deliver a major programme to improve the Metro system.

Nexus, which owns and manages the system, has teamed up with Newcastle College’s Rail Academy to deliver training to its staff.

The company is modernising large sections of Metro’s overhead power lines, with the work being delivered ‘in-house’.

The academy was chosen to deliver the training following a tendering exercise.

Marc McPake, head of rail at Newcastle College, said: “We are delighted to work with Nexus and provide professional training.

“The academy has made a significant move into commercial training and we have had a fantastic response from employers looking to up-skill their existing staff or recruit the next generation of rail engineers.”

Raymond Johnstone, director of rail and infrastructure at Nexus, said: “The Rail Academy is delivering an essential programme of training which will support the modernisation of the Metro.”