A former apprentice has taken his first steps into a management role at the Tyne and Wear Metro.
Law Atkinson has become a Metro Signalling Supervisor after serving his time and completing a degree in electrical and electronic engineering.
Law, 24, of Holystone in Northumberland, will now be overseeing the maintenance of the Metro’s signalling systems across its 77km network.
He joined Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, in 2012 on its apprenticeship scheme and has worked his way up from there, studying for a degree at Newcastle College on a day release basis.
He said: “I’m really pleased to get this new role. It is the next step in my career progression, having started out as an apprentice.
“I did my degree and getting that has been a big help in getting me to the next level. It’s more responsibility for me but I’m relishing the challenge. It’s my job to supervise all of the teams who carry out maintenance work on the Metro’s signalling systems.”
Head of Maintenance Delivery at Nexus, Steve Shiel, said: “Law absolutely deserves the opportunity he has obtained within the Signals Maintenance Team in his new role as Section Supervisor. This is a moment to celebrate for our organisation where a former apprentice has progressed deservedly to a position within our Signals Management grades which has been underpinned from the key skills, knowledge and behaviours he obtained from his time as an apprentice with us.
"We are absolutely committed to developing our workforce who have the drive and determination to progress and make a difference, and Law is a perfect example where his enthusiasm and drive has worked hand in hand with his determination to succeed within Nexus.”