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07.03.13

30 new apprenticeships launched for Nexus

Nexus is creating 30 new apprenticeship posts over the next three years, in a major expansion of its engineering training programme.

The apprenticeships will be delivered in partnership in Gateshead College.

Recruitment is now underway to secure applications for this September, to ensure skills are retained as the current rail engineering workforce ages. The training will cover all aspects of rail engineering, including electrical and mechanical, signalling and communications.

In the first year, trainees will be on block release within the college’s Team Valley campus and receive training in the workplace, to reach NVQ Level 2 Performing Engineering Operations and BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering.

Bernard Garner, Nexus director general, said: “We are investing £385m to modernise Metro but it is just as important we maintain and reinvigorate our workforce with new talent.  This is why we have made the commitment to appoint 30 new apprentices and work with an expert training partner in Gateshead College.

“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.

“Alongside our recent creation of 60 new posts in rail maintenance, the 30 new apprenticeships demonstrate how investing in Metro modernisation is creating and sustaining skilled jobs in our region.”

Cllr David Wood, chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, said: “Nexus’ investment in giving our young people skilled careers should be widely welcomed, and stems from the hard work the ITA has done to win investment in Metro and secure its future.”

Although primarily aimed at 16 to 18 year olds, the apprenticeship will be open to anyone, who have gained or are expected to achieve in 2013 four GCSEs at grade A to C or equivalent including English, Maths and Science or Engineering, and will see learners with an annual salary of £8,400 with a potential for an £1,150 bonus subject to performance.

Mick Brophy, managing director of business innovation and development at Gateshead College, said: “It’s great to see another major North East employer investing in apprenticeships. They are a highly beneficial way for a business to retain skills and talent and secure the future development of the workforce.

“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.

“The opportunity to join Nexus is good news for anyone looking for an interesting career offering new challenges every day, and we’re delighted to be working with Nexus.

“The college is committed to apprenticeships and this is another great example of how we partner closely with North East employers to deliver the qualifications and training they want.”

The deadline for applications is April 30 and you can apply here.

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