John Deere’s new registered apprenticeship program
John Deere received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor for its new Registered Apprenticeship Program and is making it available to its Agriculture & Turf and Construction & Forestry dealers. The program will help address a widespread shortage of service technicians, especially in rural areas across the country, by providing dealers with a formalized, on-the-job, and technical training plan to help them develop more highly skilled employees.
Through participation in the apprenticeship program, dealers formally commit to developing additional talent in an earn-while-you-learn program. A participating apprentice benefits from structured, on-the-job training in partnership with an experienced mentor. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, the apprentice will receive a nationally recognized journey worker certificate.
John Deere dealers can collaborate with any number of local organizations as part of the Registered Apprenticeship Program. These organizations may include the John Deere TECH Program, K-12 schools, community colleges, labor organizations, and workforce development boards.
John Deere dealers who wish to participate can receive support and technical assistance from John Deere and JFF (Jobs For the Future, a US Department of Labor intermediary), who will expedite the registration process with their state or federal apprenticeship agency. For more, visit www.johndeere.com.