Leading heavy commercial vehicle specialist, Aquila Trucks, has appointed eight new apprentices within its Midlands operation.
The new vehicle technician posts have been created in Tipton, Telford, Aldridge, Whitchurch and Worcester.
Jonathan Brassington and Thomas Creed will both join the Tipton team, Thomas Creed joins Telford, Conor Smallridge and Lewis Dunn both join Aldridge, Jack Reeves joins Whitchurch and Jason Bills is joining Worcester. They will all serve a three year apprenticeship with Aquila.
Aquila, which now employs over 250 people, was founded by managing director Gary Mullaney in 2003. Today the business is a successful main dealer for MAN Truck & Bus, Iveco, Caterpillar, Isuzu and Neoplan. Earlier this year, Gary led a successful buy out of three Bristol Street dealerships in Swindon, Avonmouth and Gloucester.
Gary began his own career as an apprentice at ERF. He said: “As a growing business, we want to make sure that our team of tomorrow is just as good as the people we currently have. Customer service, coupled with the very best automotive skills are essential to our business and we’re looking forward to training these young people to offer our customers the very best in years to come.”
Over 300 young people applied for the posts and the eight chosen came through an online assessment, a week of work experience, a formal interview and an external assessment from college to clinch their positions.
Aquila offers parts, servicing and vehicle sales and has grown to become a successful main dealer for MAN Truck & Bus, Iveco, Caterpillar, Isuzu and Neoplan.
Back row l to r Lewis Dunn, Jonathan Brassington, Conor Smallridge, Thomas Creed and Luke Owen. Front row Jack Reeves and Jason Bills