RH opts to grow its own

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 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 said, ‘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.’

RH Commercial Vehicles (RHCV) is one of the largest commercial vehicle dealerships in the East Midlands is a staunch advocate of apprenticeships, and has a reputation for training and retaining some of the best transport industry talent in the region.

Stephen Astill, Jessica’s manager, commented, ‘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.’

Nigel Baxter, managing director at RHCV, said, ‘Jessica is the sort of young person we like to encourage in our business, hard-working and enthusiastic, she sets a great example to others in our apprenticeship scheme, and we would welcome more young people like her.’