Machinery News

  • Written by: Farmers Guide
  • Posted:

Another training record for John Deere & Babcock

  John Deeres award winning Ag Tech, Parts Tech and Turf Tech apprenticeship programme has set another record for the new training seasons intake reports the company.

Altogether 46 apprentices have signed up to begin their first year of training, which is provided by Babcock International Group, which delivers 10 per cent of all UK work-based apprenticeship programmes. The new intake includes 32 Ag Tech apprentice engineering technicians, 6 Parts Tech customer service apprentices and 8 Turf Tech technicians.

The John Deere apprenticeship was the first land-based agricultural and turf machinery programme to deliver training in the workplace, at the sponsoring dealership, with assessment and guidance from Babcocks team of expert learning advisers. Additional training takes place at Babcocks purpose-built training facility at Ruddington and the John Deere Training Centre at Langar, near Nottingham.

Overall the programme offers a City & Guilds or NVQ Level 3 land-based qualification and a John Deere LTA (Landbased Technician Accreditation) Level 2 qualification for the engineering technicians, and a Parts Administration qualification up to Level 3 (Advanced).

The apprentices can go on to complete three free courses in their third or fourth year to gain the John Deere Diploma and start their adult training at the John Deere University (JDU), using the knowledge and skills gained from the initial two- or three-year apprenticeship.


Apprentice technicians very quickly find themselves working with highly sophisticated equipment, from computerised controls and satellite navigation systems to advanced, fuel-efficient engines and Formula 1 transmission technology, said John Deere Limiteds training manager Chris Wiltshire.


They are trained in engineering, electronics, hydraulics, diagnostics, communication skills, computing, sales and marketing. The need for skilled people working in our industry has never been greater, and we believe that these training programmes provide the best possible qualified technicians for our dealer network.



The photographs show some of the new 2012/2013 intake of John Deere Ag (top two photos), Parts and Turf Tech apprentices at Langar during their induction, with John Deere Training Manager Chris Wiltshire (left) and Babcocks programme manager John Chambers (right, with the Ag Tech group) and vocational learning manager Glenn Butler (right, with the Parts and Turf Tech group). The full first year intake includes the following apprentices and their sponsoring dealers: 

 Ag Tech: Nicholas Robinson, Alexander & Duncan; Martin Underwood, Anker of Coates; George Mardle, Ben Burgess Aylsham; Jack Bidmead, Ryan Maclean & Ben Scott, Ben Burgess Norwich; Callum Maynard, Burden Bros Agri Framfield; William Perfect, Burden Bros Agri Stockbury; Michael Maxwell, Tallis Amos Group Evesham; Matthew Brethaton, Cornthwaite Agricultural Ormskirk; Andrew Mole, Everitt & Marshall; James O’Neil, Farol Byfield; Grant Woodfield, Farol Hinckley; Tom Attride, Farol Midhurst; Sam Merralls & Charlie Phipps, Farol Milton Common; Charlie Savill, Farol Shefford Woodlands; George Scudamore, Frank Sutton Raglan; Tomos Afron Jones, Mona Tractors Ruthin; Callum McGuigan, P Tuckwell Ardleigh; William Gregory, P Tuckwell Great Dunmow; Scott Ritchie, RBM Agricultural Brigg; Joseph Mitchell, Ripon Farm Services Keighley; Lewis Lowe, Ripon Farm Services Ripon; Josh Oakley, Ripon Farm Services Tadcaster; George Mitchell, Sharmans Agricultural Grantham; Matthew Stevens, Sharmans Agricultural Lowdham; Iain Bond, Sharmans Agricultural Melton; Jacob Hunt, Sharmans Agricultural Pytchley; Rui Rato, Thomas Sherriff Coldstream; Stuart Thompson, Thomas Sherriff Dunbar; Arthur Burgman, Thomas Sherriff Haddington.
Pic above shows part of Turf and Parts Tech group Parts Tech: Craig Murdock, DKR Agricultural; Ian Affleck Barrett, Frank Johnston (Tractors); Grant Stearman, Ben Burgess Beeston; Katie Barrow, Rea Valley Tractors Newport; Daniel Cannon, Godfreys Hailsham.


  • Written by: Farmers Guide
  • Posted:
Next Story:UK tractor registrations down in 2012