A search has begun for the next batch of rail engineering apprentices.
Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has started the third consecutive year of apprentice recruitment for its rail engineering section.
A total of ten apprentices are being sought to join the Nexus Apprenticeship Scheme in the autumn of 2015.
Applications opened on January 2 and remain open until the end of March.
The successful applicants will carry out training at Gateshead College and at the Nexus rail engineering base at South Gosforth.
Director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “Nexus has worked closely with Gateshead College to develop a hugely successful apprenticeship scheme.
“The scheme delivers an excellent standard of vocational training.
“The successful applicants will be on the first rung of the ladder of an exciting career.
“This recruitment process is also vital in lowering the average age of our workforce and to ensure we have people with the right skills coming through to keep the Metro system running for many years to come.”
Paul Gough, director of business development at Gateshead College, said: “We are looking forward to delivering another successful apprenticeships programme with our partner Nexus.
“It’s great to see a major north east employer investing in apprenticeships. They are a highly beneficial way for a business to retain skills and talent and secure the future development of the workforce.
“The commitment to a long term programme like this provides a strong foundation for individuals to flourish and develop. Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to build a career by gaining skills and training while earning a wage.”
To apply for the Nexus apprentice scheme go to www.nexus.org.uk/careers/nexus-apprenticeship-scheme