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Tyne and Wear Metro traineeship announced

Tyne and Wear Metro is running the new apprenticeships Photo: ITV News

Nexus, the company which runs The Tyne and Wear Metro, today revealed it will recruit 30 new apprentices over the next three years.

It wants to make sure it has skilled engineers to retain, and improve, the service into the future.

"We are acting now to guarantee cherished engineering skills and expertise are not lost as people retire, ensuring that we are able to continue to provide the best service for the 38 million passengers who rely on Metro get the highest standards of reliability."

– Bernard Garner, Director General, Nexus.

Nexus also announced it will work in partnership with Gateshead College to help train its apprentices.

"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."

– Mick Brophy, Business Innovation and Development, Gateshead College