TT2 Limited, who operate the Tyne Tunnel, has created the UK’s first tunnel operations apprenticeship.
Mackenzie Sharpe, 16, and Daniel Parkin, 18, have been employed as Apprentice Tunnels Officers. The programme has been set up with TyneMet College.
As part of their apprenticeship Mackenzie and Daniel will complete an in-house Level 3 Diploma in Road Tunnel Operations and a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Customer Service with TyneMet.
The scheme was created by TT2 alongside its existing apprenticeship programme training engineers for the maintenance of the tunnels.