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John Deere’s Award Winning Technicians

11th January 2016
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A record total of 35 young service technicians have graduated from the latest John Deere Ag Tech, Parts Tech and Turf Tech advanced apprenticeship programmes, newly run by national training provider ProVQ.


Charlie Phipps from dealer Farol at Milton Common in Oxfordshire was named ag & turf apprentice of the year for 2015, while parts apprentice of the year is Grant Stearman of Ben Burgess Beeston in Norfolk. Charlie Phipps also won a Service Technician Apprentice of the Year Award earlier in the year from John Deere’s previous training provider Babcock, in a national competition designed to identify the best and brightest apprentices across industry.

 The group of third year students received their certificates at the John Deere Forum visitor centre in Mannheim, Germany during the annual graduation visit to the company’s tractor and cab factories and European Parts Distribution Centre (EPDC) in December. The presentations were made by Deere & Company’s Region 2 marketing director Helmut Korthoeber and John Deere Limited training centre manager Richard Halsall.

Charlie Phipps received a crystal plaque, a certificate and vouchers for workshop tools worth £250. His ProVQ regional assessor Roger Hawlor and technical trainer Richard Jenkins said: “Charlie has been a first class student since the beginning of his apprenticeship. His application, effort and motivation throughout have been outstanding, and he has been an excellent ambassador for both the apprenticeship programme and the Farol dealership.”

 Farol agricultural service manager Phil Jenkinson added: “This is a fantastic accolade for Charlie who, since joining Farol in 2012, has excelled throughout his apprenticeship. He has clearly demonstrated what he has learnt through the training scheme by building excellent customer relationships. Charlie serves as role model by showing just what can be achieved with hard work, and he continues to help our up-and-coming apprentices achieve their goals.”