A student from South Tyneside has been chosen as one of the first female apprentices at Nexus for decades.
Morgan Saville, 18, from East Boldon, has been taken on as an engineering apprentice for the company which runs Tyne and Wear Metro.
She is one of two female apprentices - the other being Sam Davenport, 17, from Fulwell in Sunderland – and the girls are among ten new apprentices to join the Nexus Apprenticeship Scheme.
It is the first time that Nexus has taken on women in trainee engineering roles since the early 1990s.
Director of rail and infrastructure for Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “This is our third consecutive year of apprentice recruitment, which is vital for securing Metro’s long term future.
“I’m pleased to say that we have had two successful female applicants this year.
“We are committed to seeing more women in engineering roles.”
In 2013 Nexus expanded its apprentice scheme with the aim of taking on ten apprentices a year over a three year period.