SHB Hire welcomes 20 new apprentices and expects uptake to ‘continually rise’

SHB Hire apprentices

SHB Hire has welcomed 20 new apprenticeships into the business, a figure that it expects to continually rise.

The new hopefuls will join an existing number of apprentices already in place within the business, all in varying roles and at different stages of their courses.

Four of the 20 have been enrolled onto the HGV technician Bosch/Iveco course, a further nine on the LCV technician PROVQ scheme and seven bodyshop technicians onto the remit scheme.

All of them will work towards a three-year NVQ qualification which involves regular college attendance and coursework as well as practical assessments.

In the past five years it has seen over 30 apprentices complete their courses to become qualified in their chosen field – a number that SHB has said is, “continued to rise”.

Alongside a decade of investment into apprenticeships, SHB recently set up a confidential and dedicated hotline for the trainees to relay any issues they are facing.

SHB’s group service manager Andy Viney, who oversees the scheme said: “By investing money and time into our apprenticeship scheme, SHB is offering a pathway to young men and women across the UK to obtain a successful and prosperous career in the vehicle hire and management industry.

“Our apprentices are given the time and guidance by our qualified teams across our depots. Combining this with a real, fast paced and exciting environment we are able to provide the very best opportunities for success.”

SHB’s first year LCV Technician apprentice Lewis Richardson said: “My apprenticeship has given me the confidence and direction to carve out a career in what has already proven to be a fast paced and exciting environment.

“Being mentored by a former apprentice has been crucial to my early success in the role; Barney Bungay (my mentor) is able to understand my level of confidence and can relay to me what it takes to succeed."

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