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Apprentice Success at RHCV

With an increase of more than 111 per cent in people stating apprenticeships in the East Midlands*, one company with a truck load of apprentice success stories is Cotes Park based RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV).

The company, which sells, services and provides parts for heavy and light commercial vehicles across the East Midlands, currently employs 70 staff and eight apprentices, across three sites in Alfreton, Nottingham, and Cossington (Leics), regularly has a large intake of apprentice candidates.

In photo from left: Jake master technician and Gage who is an apprentice technician.

RHCV’s apprentices, on numerous occasions, have gone on to senior management positions, whether as technical roles, parts management or vehicles sales.

A perfect example is local lad Gage Sludds (18) from Pinxton, who is currently in his second year training as an apprentice HGV technician. He joined the vehicle distributor straight out of school following in the footsteps of his grandad who also used to work with trucks.

Gage said: “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.”

Gage’s training is in the safe hands of master technician, Jake Briggs (31), who began his career as an apprentice15 years ago, and qualified as a master technician four years ago. He now has a dual role working as a workshop controller as well as nurturing talent teaching the next generation of staff for the business.

Jake from Hucknall, Nottingham, said the apprenticeship has changed since he started as a trainee. He commented: “I think more people should be doing apprenticeships, in my opinion it’s the best way to learn mechanical skills, as it’s a very hands-on trade! I am very proud to be able to teach others to become technicians and I’m happy to pass my knowledge on to future generations.”

RHCV commercial director, Paul Pearson, said: “Apprentices are very important to our company as it secures our place in the market in the future. Our programme allows us to shape the type of staff we need and provides our trainees with great prospects in our business.”