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22-year-old Jessica Blanchard, RHCV’s latest HGV technician apprentice.

East Midlands Renault Trucks Distributor, RH Commercial Vehicles, is responding to a shortage of HGV technicians in the industry by training its own.

Recruited alongside three other apprentices during one of its recent intakes was 22-year-old Jessica Blanchard from Nottingham, who having been with the business less than six months is already being recognised as a top talent.

The company’s first female HGV technician, Jessica commented on her experience so far: “I’ve had a few jobs since finishing school but there was never really anything that I could get into or build a career in. I have always had an interest in cars and engines and so when I saw this role with RH Commercial Vehicles, and knowing their reputation as a business, it seemed like a fantastic opportunity!”

Stephen Astill, Jessica’s Manager, commented on her progress: “Jessica comes to work with the right attitude and an enthusiasm to learn. She is our first female technician and is a role model for the mindset and behaviour we value at RHCV. She is only in the first year in her apprenticeship but I have faith she will go far.”

RHCV is known for investing in young, local talent, recruiting new apprentices each year. James Daykin from Derbyshire joined RHCV aged 17 as a parts trainee, he is now Dealer Point Manager for the company’s Leicester branch.

Nigel Baxter, Managing Director at RHCV, commented: “We certainly value the level of skill and expertise we have within our business and we complement this with a focused programme of training for our staff and apprentices in partnership with Renault Trucks.”

RHCV employs a team of 80, including 16 apprentices, and is currently recruiting for experienced HGV technicians to join its teams, complementing the wealth of talent across its three sites: Nottingham, Cossington (near Leicester) and Alfreton.