Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships - 2022

Applications for our 2022 apprenticeships have now closed. 

This year we were looking for nine apprentices for positions across our organisation. The apprenticeships are all Level 3, and successful applicants will start with us in autumn 2022.

  • Engineering apprenticeships are on offer in these departments:
    • Automatic Fares Collection  - maintaining Metro’s ticket machines, gates and validators to keep customers on the move. 
    • Track - maintaining Metro’s track and ground-level infrastructure and assets. 
    • Signalling - maintaining Metro’s signal technology and related systems.
    • Infrastructure Delivery (Engineering Communications, Signalling and Electrical)  - maintaining stations, assets like lifts and escalators and other structures on Metro. 
  • Two apprenticeship opportunities in Business Administration are available, one in our Metro Performance, Planning and Resource section - planning Metro train timetables and the driver resources needed to make them happen and another in our Procurement section - which procures multi-million pound contracts for engineering projects and day-to-day services like bus routes. 
  • And the last apprenticeship is to become part of the crew on the Shields Ferry - looking after customers, making sure the service runs safely and going on to become a qualified driver of the vessels themselves.

We're looking forward to welcoming a diverse mix of talented people who are keen to start careers in the transport industry. 

Here are the apprentices we were looking for this year:

DepartmentSection

Number of apprentices

 Minimum school year  
LegalProcurement111Applications for this post have now closed
Business Change and TechnologyAutomatic Fares Collection 111Applications for this post have now closed
Metro OperationsPerformance, Planning and Resource111Applications for this post have now closed
Maintenance DeliveryTrack 111Applications for this post have now closed
Maintenance DeliverySignalling211Applications for this post have now closed
Infrastructure DeliveryEngineering Communications, Signalling and Electrical213Applications for this post have now closed
Customer ServicesShields Ferry113Applications for this post have now closed

 

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As an Apprentice, you will be part of a team who are responsible for the delivery of procurement services for a diverse range of transport projects across the business.  

The role involves liaising with internal and external stakeholders to support with procurement and contracting activities and also interfacing with external organisations who are seeking tender opportunities with Nexus. You will be fully trained and supported whilst you learn your duties.

For more information about what procurement means in a public sector organisation like Nexus, please see the following links on the website of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply:
Public Sector Procurement:     https://www.cips.org/intelligence-hub/procurement/public-sector/

Apprenticeship: Procurement and Supply Assistant (Level 3)
Apprenticeship duration: 18 months*
*Excluding End Point Assessment – which is usually an additional 3 months to ensure the full qualification is gained.

The role will involve hybrid working and when working from the office you will be based in Newcastle city centre.  

 

Applications for this post have now closed

Maintaining Metro’s ticket machines, gates and validators to keep customers on the move. 

AFC maintain a variety of technical equipment including: Ticket Vending Machines, validators, gateline barriers, control units, car park equipment, ICT network and power cabling, back office monitoring and control software

You will be trained to carrying out preventative maintenance, fault breakdown repairs, equipment installation and software updates to the full range of AFC equipment. 

AFC have a workshop facility to carry out in-house repairs and maintenance of complex electro-mechanical and electronic equipment. AFC use a wide range of test equipment including manufacturers test benches, meters and oscilloscopes.

Apprenticeship: Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician (Level 3)
Apprenticeship duration: 36 months* 
 *Excluding End Point Assessment – which is usually an additional 3 months to ensure the full qualification is gained.

Based at Gosforth in Newcastle.

Applications for this post have now closed

Planning Metro train timetables and the driver resources needed to make them happen.

The Performance, Planning and Resource apprentice will learn how to plan and develop timetables for the Metro system that are focused on improving the customer journey experience by operating efficiently and offering better journey times.

You will also learn how to plan the use of trains across the network and assign drivers to trains adhering to all necessary rules to ensure the safe operation of the Metro system. You will spend time reviewing the performance of the Metro system through the analysis of large amounts of data and will use this to identify opportunities for improvement.

We are looking for someone with great attention to detail and who enjoys working with numbers.

Apprenticeship: Business Administrator (Level 3)
Apprenticeship duration: 18 months*
*Excluding End Point Assessment – which is usually an additional 3 months to ensure the full qualification is gained.

Based at Gosforth in Newcastle.

Applications for this post have now closed

Maintaining Metro’s track and ground-level infrastructure and assets. 

As a Track Engineering apprentice you will be helping to inspect and maintain the track, off track and plant assets. You will participate in a wide variety of activities, from re-railing, welding, vegetation, drainage and boundary management, mechanised maintenance (tamping), and on-track machine maintenance. 

You will be working outside in all conditions, rain or shine, night and day, in what can be a physically challenging environment. You will learn and participate in inspection and maintenance techniques adopted at Nexus using available plant, equipment and on track machines.

In the final year of your apprenticeship you will learn the technical elements of the section, which will include measuring, surveying and implementation of track designs. 

Apprenticeship: Rail Engineering Technician (Level 3)
Apprenticeship duration: 36 months*
*Excluding End Point Assessment – which is usually an additional 3 months to ensure the full qualification is gained.

Based at Benton in Newcastle

 

Applications for this post have now closed

Maintaining Metro’s signal technology and related systems.

Signalling Technician apprentices will learn to rectify faults and maintain equipment that makes the Metro one of the safest railways in the world. You'll be trained to look after 129 sets of Points, 260 Signals, 317 Trainstop Magnets, 164 Treadles, and over 400 track circuits. And you'll be part of a team that looks after the system 24/7 365 days a year. There's never been a better time to join this team with the system expanding, modernising and getting a new fleet of trains. 

If you have attention to detail and a positive attitude towards rules and procedures, are good at listening, a problem solver, can support others, remain calm under pressure and are prepared to maintain and develop skills and knowledge, an apprenticeship as a Signalling Technician could be for you. 

Two positions are available. 

Apprenticeship - Rail Engineering Technician (Level 3)
Apprenticeship duration: 36 months*
*Excluding End Point Assessment – which is usually an additional 3 months to ensure the full qualification is gained.

Based at Gosforth in Newcastle.

Applications for this post have now closed

Maintaining stations, assets like lifts and escalators and other structures on Metro.

As an apprentice in CS&E you will gain a working knowledge of all the signalling, electrical and telecommunication systems on Metro, and how they interface with other systems and equipment on the operational railway.

As part of your training you will use tools and test equipment correctly to install and wire signalling equipment and other systems vital to the operation of the railway. To remove and replace signalling components as part of a renewal activity and carry out installation integrity checks.

You need to have good communication skills, be organised, be a team player, be able to problem solve and want to play a part in the new look Metro system.

Two positions are available.

Apprenticeship - Rail Engineering Technician with a signalling specialism (Level 3)  
Apprenticeship duration: 36 months*
*Excluding End Point Assessment – which is usually an additional 3 months to ensure the full qualification is gained.

Candidates must be 18 or over

Based at Gosforth in Newcastle.

Applications for this post have now closed

Becoming part of the crew which operates the Shields Ferry, looking after customers, making sure the service runs safely and going on to become a qualified driver of the vessels themselves. 

As part of the team, you help to ensure the Shields Ferry runs to a published timetable reliably and efficiently while maintaining safety standards at all times.

You will gain knowledge about personal safety, emergency equipment, man overboard practice, meteorology and rules of the river. You will be trained to offer excellent customer service and gain hands on experience. 

You will also be given the opportunity to work towards your Boat Masters License preparing you fully for life on the river.

Apprenticeship: Boatmaster Level 3 (subject to confirmation)
Apprenticeship duration: 24 months*
*Excluding End Point Assessment – which is usually an additional 3 months to ensure the full qualification is gained.

Please note that applicants for this apprenticeship must be at least 20 by April 2024.

Based at South Shields.

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