National Apprenticeship Week 2024

John Deere
National Apprenticeship Week 2024

If you follow us on social media (and if not, where have you been?!) you will know that this week we have been celebrating the apprentices within our business.  Here are their stories…

Kieron Knights

Kieron is based at our Worlingworth Depot in Suffolk. Kieron is now in his second year of his apprenticeship and very much enjoying it. Kieron chose to do an apprenticeship as he realised that he would learn on the job and he could be hands on from the beginning.

Kieron says “I like the fact that every day is different, whether it be with a different mentor or the work that is to be completed. Plus I am constantly learning.”

William Brown

William is based at our Ivychurch Depot in Kent. This year is William’s first year of his apprenticeship, William says “I have learnt and taken in how much there is to being a technician. I love my job with a passion and have motivation every day to learn new things and have been taking on board how to present everything that I have learned.”

We wish William all the best with the rest of his studies and are glad that he is getting on so well!

Sam Crichton

Sam finished his Apprenticeship in 2023 and won the Apprentice of the Year Award at John Deere UK in October last year.  He is based at our Framfield Depot, in East Sussex.

Sam originally attended a local college, but after he saw an apprenticeship presentation he was attracted to the package on offer. Sam says “I wanted to work for one of the biggest agricultural brands in the world, and was excited by the idea of studying and using the amazing facilities provided by John Deere UK. I also much preferred being able to earn a wage whilst learning and training, compared to other courses available at local colleges.”

Sam enjoyed meeting like minded individuals across the UK and he felt there was growth and development whilst learning about such a vast variety of machinery.

Shannon Collins

Shannon is in the first year of her apprenticeship and based at our Rayleigh Depot in Essex. Shannon says, “I wanted to work full time and gain qualifications, so doing an apprenticeship was the right choice for me. I have been interested in tractors since I was young and always working on older machines at home. Now being able to work on the newer machines has been great learning, especially all the electric systems.” Shannon says, “I have also really enjoyed servicing combines as I have never worked on them before coming to Tuckwells, and they are completely different to tractors so I find it very interesting.”

Oliver Raynes

Oliver is based at Worlingworth Depot in Suffolk and will be doing his End Point Assessment (EPA) this year.  Oliver says, ” I chose to do an apprenticeship as I could earn money at the same time as learning about the trade I wanted to work in. I enjoy the fact that every day can be completely different to the next and that I get to work on different types of machines, however my favourite are the classic tractors. ”

We wish Oliver the best of luck in his EPA!

Michael Cullum

Michael Cullum is in his first year as an apprentice and based at our Ardleigh depot in Essex. Michael says, ” I am interested in farm machinery, in particular how they work and are maintained, hence the reason I chose an agricultural apprenticeship. I have learnt a lot from the other engineers and apprentices however I am sure there is so much more to learn.”

Learn more or apply for a John Deere apprenticeship with Tuckwells.


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