Babcock headquarters, Ruddington
Since it was founded in the US in the first half of the 19th century, John Deere the company
has grown to become the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural and forestry
equipment, with the broadest range of domestic and professional turf equipment. Its
worldwide operations also include construction equipment, power systems and finance.
John Deere the man set up a small blacksmith shop in 1837 in Grand Detour, Illinois, where
he invented a revolutionary self-scouring steel plough that transformed agriculture in
the tough prairie soil of the US Midwest. A decade later he moved his business to Moline,
where the company that bears his name still has its worldwide headquarters today.
From this one-man enterprise, John Deere today has more than 60,000 employees
worldwide, with 64 factories in 18 countries, including tractor manufacturing in seven
countries on four continents, and a marketing presence in more than 140 countries. The
company also invests nearly $5 million dollars every working day in its worldwide research
and development programmes.
From the day he started, blacksmith John Deere was determined to build his business on
integrity, quality, commitment and innovation. These core values still determine the way we
Babcock and John Deere – working together to deliver training
Babcock International Group’s Training & Education business is one of the largest in the
UK. It has been delivering John Deere’s award-winning Ag Tech, Turf Tech and Parts Tech
apprenticeship training programmes since September 2010, when they became the first
land-based machinery programmes with training delivered in the workplace.
A Babcock learning adviser visits each apprentice in their workplace every 10 weeks to
assess what they’ve learned and to give extra guidance and support. This means regular
one-to-one training for apprentices and the businesses they work for. Through this process
the apprentices work towards the latest City & Guilds Land-Based Diploma.
Additional training takes place at Babcock’s purpose-built training facility at the
Ruddington Training Academy near Nottingham, not far from the John Deere Training
Centre at the company’s UK headquarters in Langar. At Ruddington, apprentices use up
to date, state of the art equipment and gain further knowledge from experts in support of
their work-based learning.
Babcock’s training programme for John Deere is designed specifically for the company,
utilising John Deere’s core subjects within the standard apprenticeship framework in order
to give both a landbased and an Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) LTA Level 2
qualification within one learning programme. This leads straight into the John Deere adult
training programme at the John Deere University (JDU). Babcock’s John Deere learners
can go on to complete three free adult courses in their fourth year to gain the John Deere
Diploma and start their adult training in JDU.
Deere & Company headquarters, Moline
Parents/guardians/careers advisers – this section is for you
We hope that young people embarking on an apprenticeship will be enthusiastic about learning and working, and keen to apply
themselves to their chosen career. You want that too, but you also need to know that we take good care of them.
With over two decades of training successfully delivered, the John Deere apprenticeship programme is widely acclaimed for its
excellent track record in producing successful graduates. The programme is administered and delivered by Babcock, the largest
training provider in the UK, with more than 130 years of experience within the engineering sector.
All new apprentices and their parents or guardians are invited to a special induction day, which includes tours of John Deere
Limited’s headquarters at Langar near Nottingham and the training Academy in nearby Ruddington, as well as a visit to the hotel
where the apprentices stay during their residential training weeks.
During the residential weeks, Babcock’s training staff are responsible for the apprentices’ welfare. We use a hotel that is experienced
in supporting young people away from home, and equipped to meet their needs (including a chill-out room complete with games
console). The residential weeks also include a programme of team-building trips, so there are opportunities for fun and relaxation as
well as study.
See overleaf for contact details.