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RHCV takes on largest apprentice group ever

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East Midlands Renault Truck distributors RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) 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 in Nottingham, Leicester and Alfreton (Derbyshire).

RHCV MD Nigel Baxter with the HGV Technician Apprentices

Clockwise from the far left: Ben Leivers, Nigel Baxter (MD), Daniel Jackson, Ashley Stevenson, Michael Collinson, Joe Clarke, Owen Faulkner, Anthony Archer, Liam Woolley, Connor Brindley.

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 Leicestershire, which was recently chosen by Renault Trucks UK to deliver its national apprentice programme.

Third year technician apprentice Gage Sludds (18) from Pinxton, commented: “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: “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.”