1. ITV Report

UK first as tunnel apprentices start work on Tyneside

Apprentices Mackenzie Sharpe (left) and Daniel Parkin with TT2 Operations Manager Stu Sutton Credit: TT2 Limited

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.

"At TT2 we have a well-established track record of offering apprenticeships to local young people. The academic route isn’t for everyone, and the vocational path offered by apprenticeships opens up great career opportunities for many young people.

“We created the Tunnels Officer apprenticeship to ensure we have well trained staff who can manage the day to day running of the tunnels and deliver caring and considerate customer service.

– Mandy Watson, Human Resources & Payroll Manager at TT2 Limited