Rail Academy to train Nexus workers for £350m modernisation

Rail Academy to train Nexus workers for £350m modernisation

Nexus, which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, is working with Newcastle College’s new Rail Academy to help with a programme of overhead line renewal on the Metro system.

The Rail Academy, which is the region’s first dedicated training hub for rail engineering, won the contract from nexus to deliver the training to its staff.

Nexus will modernise large sections of Metro’s overhead power lines as part of the £350m Metro all change modernisation.

The Rail Academy was chosen to deliver the overhead line training to 25 staff from the Nexus Capital Delivery Team following a competitive tendering exercise.

Marc McPake, head of rail at Newcastle College, said: “The Metro is a critical part of the region’s transport network and we are delighted to work with Nexus and provide professional training as part of this multi-million pound renewal project.

“The Academy has made a significant move into commercial training and we have had a fantastic response from employers looking to up-skill their existing staff or recruit the next generation of rail engineers.

“We believe that what we have here is unique and we are well positioned to provide the skills support required by companies like Nexus, who want to develop their own staff in response to major Government investment into rail infrastructure.”

Director of rail and infrastructure at Nexus, Raymond Johnstone, said: “the Rail Academy is delivering an essential programme of training which will support the modernisation of the Tyne and Wear Metro.

“We are retaining our capital delivery workers and are training them up so that they can carry out the replacement of the overhead lines across the system.

“This shows how the Metro all change modernisation is helping to create jobs and allowing our workers to learn new skills.

"The Rail Academy is the perfect place to learn because the facilities are top class.”

The pre-training for this project will be delivered over 15 weeks at the Rail Academy, providing staff with the skills and knowledge to successfully renew the entire overhead line across the Metro system.

The work on the overhead lines is set to commence this autumn, and will improve the overall system for years to come.