Applications opened on 1 January and are expected to remain open until the end of March as Nexus continues a programme which will see 30 apprentices taken on over three years.
Nexus is looking for new recruits interested in building a long-term career with the public body which owns, manages and is modernising the Tyne and Wear metro in a £389m investment programme.
The apprenticeship programme, designed and delivered in partnership with Gateshead College, will offer an ideal opportunity to start a career in rail engineering.
Competition is expected to be fierce – last year Nexus received more than 400 applications which met its minimum requirement for 10 positions, as well as hundreds more which did not.
Bernard Garner, Nexus Director General, 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.
“Former Nexus apprentices have risen to senior positions not just with Nexus but in other rail companies from York to Dubai. We aim to provide a good place for young people to start their working life.
“Alongside the creation last year of 60 new posts in rail maintenance, these new apprenticeships demonstrate how investing in Metro modernisation is creating and sustaining skilled jobs in our region.”
Nexus has a long history of employing apprentices but has more than doubled the size of its programme from four to 10 new starters per year, to ensure vital skills are retained as the profile of its current rail engineering workforce gets older.
It has overhauled and expanded its advanced engineering training programme in partnership with Gateshead College, one of the region’s leading apprenticeship providers, having previously sent apprentices to other parts of the country for basic training.
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.
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 build 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.”