Enterprise Flex-E-Rent is recruiting more than 100 new technicians across its 28 depots and has expanded its technician training programme, as part of a wider strategy aimed at dominating the UK commercial vehicle rental sector’s repair and maintenance services.

As well as boosting its technician numbers the commercial vehicle hire expert has developed its training programme to provide bespoke career planning and training for every technician, which includes between 3,500 and 4,000 training hours every month.

This enables the technicians to track their career path as they develop their expertise across Enterprise Flex E-Rent’s range of vans, trucks, refrigerated vehicles and specialist vehicles – and its fast-growing fleet of electric vans.

Enterprise Flex-E-Rent has also invested more than £1m in diagnostic and workshop equipment across its depots over the past couple of years and is now certified to handle warranty repairs for Ford and Mercedes commercial vehicles. 

The company is also developing capability for maintaining and repairing electric vans, with more than 500 of these vehicles now available through the Enterprise Flex-E-Rent fleet. Across its wider fleet Enterprise has around 3,000 EVs.

Enterprise Flex-E-Rent said its investment in people, training and equipment has seen recent average vehicle off-road times (VOR) for Enterprise Flex-E-Rent vehicles at its in-house workshop network, fall to around two-thirds of VOR seen for Enterprise Flex-E-Rent vehicles in OEM and dealership repair facilities.

”These OEM and dealership facilities are often seeing higher VOR periods, possibly due to a combination of surging demand for vans and trucks as the UK economy continues to recover and operators running their fleets for longer as a result of new vehicle and parts supply constraints,” it added.

James Walker, Enterprise Flex-E-Rent group service maintenance and repair manager, said: “Our goal is to build an exceptional technical and maintenance resource internally to provide our customers with lower off-road times and help businesses get their vehicles back as soon as possible. 

“The key element is bringing in and developing the best automotive brains in the UK. Investment in people is at the core of Enterprise’s business, supported by investing heavily in our workshop infrastructure and parts supply chain. 

“We’re looking to recruit more great technicians to meet increasing customer demand, from entry-level apprentices to mechanics with some experience wanting to reskill.

”We’re expanding our rigorous training programme to help ensure they have the skills and knowledge required to work on anything from a plug-in electric van to a traffic management vehicle to a 44-tonne refrigerated HGV.”