A new apprentice is driving towards a bright future after being taken on by a bus company.
Jordan Davison has just started his engineering apprenticeship at the South Shields bus depot.
It is part of a scheme operated by Stagecoach North East, and Jordan will undertake a four-year programme.
The 25-year-old, originally from Easington and now living in Southwick, Sunderland, is the first in his family to step into the world of engineering.
His dad and grandad were miners, while he spent a number of years working in vehicle processing.
He said: “I previously worked in administration and workshop control, so I really wanted to experience and learn more about the manual side.
I am looking forward to developing a full-time job in engineeringJordan Davison
“When I was looking for apprenticeships I saw this opportunity and I applied for it straightaway, as I thought it would be ideal.
“I am interested in engineering and science and like to see how things work, so I am looking forward to developing a full-time job in engineering.”
The apprenticeship offers a combination of residential training to achieve the Technical Certificate in Bus and Coach Engineering Maintenance, and on the job training at the local depot.
Two other youngsters have also been taken on by the scheme.
Lee Mutch, 18, from Stanley, County Durham, has taken up the engingeering apprenticeship at the Sunderland bus depot.
Elliot Milburn, 17, from Wallsend, Newcastle, has joined the team at the Walkergate depot, in Newcastle.
For more about Stagecoach North East, visit www.stagecoachbus.com.