A RAIL operator which runs services on the Tyne Valley Line has launched a new recruitment campaign while making 160 jobs available.

Northern said it was aiming to improve diversity levels within its workforce, as it seeks to fill newly created roles across the north, including station staff, drivers, conductors, engineering and support function jobs.

In a statement, the company said: "Northern has launched the search for the next generation black, ethnic minority, female and younger employees.  

"Be Northern, the rail operator’s new recruitment campaign, underlines the journey the operator is on to improve diversity levels within its workforce."

Neil Stephenson, head of learning and talent at Northern, said: "As an industry we are keen to deliver a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve and attract the next generation to rail.

"Northern has made progress over the past few years and there is more work to do. Be Northern is another step towards building an inclusive workforce.

“We are working with new and diverse partners and the message we are sending out to prospective employees is that, whoever they are and whatever their background, they can trust that Northern is a great place to work and a great place to forge a career."

Brian Currie, people director at Northern, said: "Northern has built an exciting plan for the future and this includes providing more jobs to help boost the economy in the north of England. 

"At this time of uncertainty, we’re pleased to be able to offer these roles in the north."

Demonstrating its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Northern runs a range of employee inclusion groups, has a 250 strong employee engagement group, and runs an extensive equality, diversity and inclusion events calendar.

To read more about a career at Northern or to apply for available roles, visit www.northernrailway.co.uk/careers .

Last month, Northern announced changes to railway timetables will see up to 56 new services added to the Tyne Valley line, which serves towns and villages in the district as part of the Newcastle to Carlisle service.

Northern said it reflected an increase in demand for rail services.