Record apprentice numbers …….John Deere

Pic : The new 2012 intake of John Deere Turf Tech apprentices, with Babcock instructors Jason Day (far left) and Richard Jenkins (far right).
A record 45 apprentices have signed up to begin John Deere’s award winning Turf Tech, Ag Tech and Parts Tech apprenticeship programme for 2012.
The programme is managed by training provider Babcock, which delivers 10 per cent of all UK work-based apprenticeship programmes. The John Deere apprenticeship is the first land-based agricultural & turf machinery programme with training delivered in the workplace, with assessment and guidance from Babcock’s team of expert learning advisers. Additional training takes place at Babcock’s purpose built training facility at Ruddington, near Nottingham.
Babcock’s training programme embeds John Deere’s core subjects into the standard apprenticeship framework, in order to give both a Level 3 land-based qualification and a John Deere LTA Level 2 qualification within one learning programme.
This also links into John Deere’s adult training programme at the John Deere University (JDU). The apprentices can go on to complete three free courses in their fourth year to gain the John Deere Diploma and start their adult training in JDU, using the knowledge and skills gained from the initial apprenticeship.
Babcock also provides a Parts Administration programme up to Level 3 (Advanced), with the majority of training delivered and assessed in the workplace. Additional training is provided at the John Deere Training Centre in Langar, Nottingham, on two occasions over this two year programme.
John Deere Limited managing director Richard Johnson told The Landscaper “With John Deere’s advanced apprenticeship training now entering its 20th year, we are delighted that it has evolved to be the industry’s leading programme, ensuring that we can meet our customers’ future needs. This year’s record intake is a credit both to the programme itself and to the investment that the John Deere dealer network is making in the future of our industry.”
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