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Addressing the Shortage From Within

RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV), one of the largest commercial vehicle dealers in the East Midlands is futureproofing its workforce by cultivating the next generation of talent in-house.

The business now employs 11 HGV Technician Apprentices (Heavy Goods Vehicles) across its three sites on Lenton Lane in Nottingham, Cossington (near Leicester) and Alfreton.

RHCV MD Nigel Baxter with the HGV Technician Apprentices

RHCV MD Nigel Baxter with the HGV Technician Apprentices

All 11 apprentices are at various stages of their training with some of them in their second and third years of the HGV technician apprenticeship. RHCV has a proven track record for nurturing award winning apprentices. The trainees are surrounded by great talent at the Renault Trucks distributor.

This is the largest ever group of apprentices at RHCV, who employ a staff of 70 across its three sites. The new apprentices, most of whom are still just 16, joined RHCV straight out of education and split their study between onsite training at RHCV and Stephenson College in Coalville, which was recently chosen by Renault Trucks UK to deliver its national apprentice programme.

Third year technician apprentice Gage Sludds (18) from Pinxton, joined the vehicle distributor straight out of school following in the footsteps of his grandad who also used to work with trucks. He comments: “RHCV is a great place to learn and work. Staff are always willing to help and encourage you, which really builds up confidence in what you’re learning. I have been provided with opportunities to develop new skills and I feel like a valued member of company.”

RHCV is also currently recruiting for experienced HGV technicians to join its teams, complementing the wealth of apprentice talent across its three sites.

Nigel Baxter Managing Director at RHCV, comments: “We have seen a growth in the market with local vehicle operators who need a local workshop reducing downtime for their vehicles. It has prompted sustained growth within the company including, more recently, a £400,000 investment in our Alfreton site to increase workshop space and add an ATF (authorised testing facility) for heavy and light commercials to meet the growing demand.

“Training and apprenticeship programmes add real value to our staff and our company. They allow us to continue to compete in an ever evolving and developing marketplace. We not only value our existing staff by up skilling them, but our new generation of recruits are equally as important to us faced with an aging workforce in the transport sector.”