Apprentices are on track for a career in the railway industry after getting a hands-on experience.
Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, put its new apprentices through their paces at the controls of multi-million-pound railway maintenance vehicles.
They were given the chance thanks to help from Stephenson Railway Museum in North Shields.
Ten first-year apprentices, who are part of the three year Nexus Apprenticeship scheme, got the chance to observe and understand the safe operation of specialist Road Rail Vehicles in a railway environment.
Staff at the museum made a stretch of spare track available to give the apprentices a chance to learn more about driving a Metro maintenance vehicle (RRV).
The main benefit for the apprentices was to get the sense of being ‘on or about’ a railway in a semi-working environment. They also got the chance to see and work with the very latest railway engineering technology while also to mix with Nexus managers and maintenance staff who will be coaching them through their apprenticeship.