A Sunderland student has been chosen as one of the first female Nexus apprentices in over two decades.
Sam Davenport, 17, from Fulwell, in Sunderland, has been chosen as an engineering apprentice for Nexus – the company which owns Tyne and Wear Mero.
She has been chosen along with Morgan Saville, 18, from East Boldon in South Tyneside – who are the first two women who have been successful picked for the scheme in over 20 years.
It is the first time that Nexus has taken on women in trainee engineering roles since the early 1990s.
This year Nexus Apprenticeship Scheme has taken on 10 apprentices who will carry out training at Gateshead College and at the Nexus rail engineering base at South Gosforth, in Newcastle.
This will lead to them achieving an NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations and BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering.
They will also gain English, maths and IT skills at Level 2.
Apprentices then work towards an HNC in electrical engineering on a full-time programme of just under six months.
Director of Rail and Infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said Nexus are committed to seeing more women in engineering roles.