Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the Tyne and Wear Metro, has scooped an award for its ongoing commitment to offering employment opportunities to former armed forces personnel.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that Nexus has won a Silver Award as part of its National Employer Recognition Scheme along with 22 other regional employers.

Nexus greatly benefits from the skills that members of the Armed Forces community bring to all parts of its business – and this award helps to build its reputation as an employer of choice as part of its programme of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “I’m delighted and extremely proud that we have received this award from the MoD.

“This underlines our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. People who serve in the armed forces make an enormous contribution to our country, and when they leave the armed forces I want them to consider working for Nexus.

“The public transport industry has always been a popular career choice for those who have left the armed forces for civilian jobs – and that very much includes the services that Nexus provides, including the Tyne and Wear Metro.”

Nexus signed the Armed Forces Covenant in May 2018 at an event at its Gosforth depot attended by the managing director, representatives from the Royal Navy, the Army’s 4th Infantry Brigade and The Queens Own Yeomanry alongside a number of ex-service employees.

Nexus now has strong links with the MoD’s Career Transition Partnership and are keen to recruit service leavers. They have attended Careers Transition Partnership and Officer Association employment fairs and events and hosted an ‘Insight Day’ for interested service leavers at their Gosforth depot.

To find out more about employment opportunities at Nexus go to https://www.nexus.org.uk/careers