ASPIRING engineers on Wearside are being encouraged to compete for a place on a popular rail apprenticeship scheme.
Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has launched its hunt for 10 new recruits to join its rail engineering section this autumn.
The firm is looking for people interested in building a long-term career as it continues its £389m investment programme.
The apprenticeship scheme, designed and delivered in partnership with Gateshead College, is expected to generate “fierce competition”.
Last year, the company received more than 400 applications which met its minimum requirement for 10 positions, in addition to hundreds more which did not.
Nexus director general Bernard Garner said: “We are investing £389m to modernise Metro, but it is just as important we maintain and reinvigorate our workforce with new talent.
“We are looking for candidates of the highest calibre who are seeking a long-term career in rail engineering and with Nexus.”
For more information about the programme, which runs from now until March, visit www.nexus.org.uk.