A TRANSPORT firm operating services across the North-East is creating 80 apprenticeships.

Arriva, which has a base in Sunderland, says it wants new workers to maintain its growth.

Bosses say apprenticeships include mechanical and electrical engineering as well as customer service and management.

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The move comes during National Apprenticeship Week, which celebrates the impact apprentices have on businesses and the economy.

Charlie Reeve, Arriva's head of early career programmes, said: “The company has a long and proud history of running successful apprenticeship schemes.”

Arriva employs about 54,500 people across 14 European countries.