Metro chiefs are recruiting the next generation of drivers for the transport system.
Transport executive Nexus is advertising for an unspecified number of roles to work across the Metro system.
Drivers earn £17,725 pa while training - going up to £35,450 pa when qualified, which Metro chiefs say takes about six months to achieve.
The posts offer what are competitive salaries for the North East, and include a Local Government Pension - but are demanding roles, and those interested will have to prove they are up to the job.
Applicants must be 20 years or over, and those shortlisted will be required to undertake a series of psychometric and aptitude tests to ensure their suitability.
Candidates' medical fitness will also be assessed against "Train Driver Medical Standards".
The job advert reads: "The role of a train driver is a varied one, being responsible for the safety of up to 300 passengers requiring you to be both technically minded and customer focused, whilst being suited to lone working for long periods.
"This role requires you to be flexible, work shifts anytime between 0430 and 0100 including weekends and public holidays. You must be able to make your own travel arrangements to and from work outside of public transport hours."