A LONG-SERVING Siemens worker says the electric train contract is a ‘godsend’ for the firm.
Father-of-three Brian Shotton started work at the Hebburn plant in 1973 and hopes that the Thameslink programme will help secure jobs for years to come.
He has been appointed as a lead craftsman on the project and will rise to become a personal supervisor when more staff are employed in the months ahead.
He underwent training in Germany at the start of the year especialy for the cable harness production.
The 57-year-old feels the expertise of the staff at the North Farm Road site was key to them being given the chance to play such an important role in the project.
He feels the future of the firm is in safe hands – with the latest batch of apprentices determined to work hard and help secure more contracts in the future.
Mr Shotton, from South Shields, said: “I started here as an apprentice in 1973. I have been here man and boy.
“The contract is a godsend for us, it is brilliant news. We have a lot of young apprentices here and it is great to see.
“They all get their head down and work hard.
“Things are really picking up for us now.