John Deere has 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.
“The new Registered Apprenticeship Program complements our existing John Deere TECH program,” said Grant Suhre, director, region 4 customer and product support for John Deere Ag & Turf. “In addition to the on-the-job training experience, an apprentice will receive technical instruction and be assigned a personal mentor as a part of the highly organized training structure. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, he or she will 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. A participating apprentice benefits from structured, on-the-job training in partnership with an experienced mentor. As training progresses, apprentices are rewarded for new skills acquired.
LBX held a Grand Opening for its new Customer Experience Center this summer. The new facility is located on 25 acres in the Citation Business Park on Remington Way in Lexington, Kentucky. Company officials have said the operation will accommodate customer experience programs, including dealer training, product demonstrations, and community events. The location is the company’s second in Lexington, joining its headquarters and distribution center.
“[This] marks the culmination of a vision that started several years ago,” said Eric Sauvage, president and CEO, LBX Company LLC. “A vision to better support our dealers, our customers, our employees, and our community, with our state-of-the-art 23,000 square foot LBX Customer Experience Center. We are all very excited and already have a full calendar for the 2019 usage of our new facility, with product and service trainings, customer demonstration days, clinic tests, and philanthropy events.”
Gazette Times reported that Starker Forests Inc. has appointed Randy Hereford as President and CEO. Formerly VP of Timber and chief forester, Hereford has served the forest management company in increasingly responsible positions since he began working for the company in September 1978.
“Randy has been a dedicated and valued member of our forestry staff for over 40 years,” said Bond Starer, chairman of the board. “He has served as a senior member of our management team, and we are especially impressed with his ability to inspire and develop our younger foresters.”
Hereford replaces Jake Gibbs who resigned in early May.
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