The initial three recruits selected to join the upcoming Northumberland Line project have commenced their training under Northern. Meanwhile, the deadline for applications to fill an additional dozen positions is drawing near.
David Nattress, Kevin Watson & Cameron Young are the first of 15 conductors being recruited for the route from the local area.
The role comes with a salary of £29,098 once fully qualified and benefits including free train travel. Initial training takes twelve weeks and the apprenticeship is complete in twelve months.
The Northumberland Line route has only been used by freight carriages since the 1960s and is now set to reopen to passengers next year.
Work is underway to upgrade 18 miles of track to provide local communities with enhanced connectivity as well as building stations at Northumberland Park, Seaton Delaval, Newsham, Blyth Bebside, Bedlington and Ashington.
“This is an amazing opportunity for those living in the area.
“Some of the people working on-board our trains today started their career in very different arenas, from the prison service and cabin crew to social care and financial services.
“No-one should think the railway ‘isn’t for them’ – it’s an industry with much to offer.”Kerry Peters, regional director at Northern
A facility for Northern staff is set to be built in Ashington. The planning application for the building, which will have mess room facilities, an office and a signing-in point for staff has been given the go-ahead by Northumberland County Council.
Northern is the second largest train operator in the UK, with 2,500 services a day to more than 500 stations across the North of England.