The U.S. Department of Labor has approved John Deere’s new Registered Apprenticeship Program, which the tractor maker is offering dealers in its Agriculture & Turf and Construction & Forestry divisions.
The program will help address a widespread shortage of service technicians, especially in rural areas, by providing dealers with on-the-job and technical training plans.
A representative from Deere said the program will also provide a personal mentor. When participants complete the program, they’ll receive a nationally recognized journeyworker certificate.
Through participation in the apprenticeship program, dealers formally commit to developing additional talent in an earn-while-you-learn program.
Deere dealers will collaborate with local organizations such as K-12 schools, community colleges, labor organizations, economic development groups, foundations, workforce development boards, and the John Deere TECH Program.
Source: Capital Press