For the first time, the group of 66 aspiring technicians include applicants from Irish dealerships, the John Deere Forestry division and the Wirtgen road construction business, which Deere acquired at the end of 2017.
The programmes are run in partnership with the John Deere dealer network and national training provider ProVQ at the purpose-built John Deere Apprentice Training Centre in Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.
“There’s never been a better time to consider an apprenticeship with John Deere,” said the company’s training centre manager Allan Cochran. “The increasing levels of automation used throughout our products, including artificial intelligence, advanced electronics, satellite guidance systems and telematics, give us the ability to diagnose and repair machines without even laying a hand on them. All this technology, as well as cutting edge engine and transmission design, means the need for skilled people within our dealerships is ever present.”
John Deere’s three-year Ag Tech and Turf Tech and two-year Parts Tech apprenticeships involve students being trained in engineering, electronics, hydraulics, diagnostics, communication skills, computing, sales and marketing.