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At Ripon Farm Services, our business is built on service, on delivering exactly what we say. This bond of trust with our farming communities comes from our people. And at the core of our people is knowledge, supported by the latest available training.

For over 30 years we have introduced new members to our family through the John Deere Apprenticeship scheme. The scheme combines paid employment at a depot, guided by a mentor with training leading to recognised industry qualifications. This balance of training centre development and on the job experience prepares apprentices to meet any challenges their chosen role may supply.

Apprenticeships, which one is right for you?

Ag Tech

The farm machinery option – Apprentices acquire skills from routine maintenance, servicing to component overhauls, using the latest diagnostic equipment

Turf Tech

The turf machinery option – Apprentices acquire maintenance and servicing skills, with a focus on golf, sports grounds and local authority machinery

Parts Tech

The parts management option Apprentices learn how to manage John Deere’s sophisticated parts systems, with the emphasis on service to meet customer needs.

Working as a John Deere Turf Tech Apprentice

After embarking on a three-year John Deere Turf Tech apprenticeship course with Ripon Farm Services, Jack Bolton is on the path to becoming a fully-qualified technician.

Since starting his apprenticeship, 19-year-old Jack Bolton has had the opportunity to work on a variety of machines, from mowers to gators, doing everything a fully-qualified technician would do, including servicing machines, carrying out repairs and keeping products in the best possible condition for their owners. 

Jack completes a variety of jobs both with his mentor, who guides him through anything that he is unfamiliar with, and on his own, usually on machines he has prior experience with, such as walk-behind mowers. 

"I always feel a sense of accomplishment when I finish a job. The opportunities that the apprenticeship presents are great, I get to go to different places on jobs, like football pitches and golf courses, and the constant learning from working with the machines is great too." Jack says. 

Apprentices also spend a lot of their time in the classroom learning about the theoretical side of being a technician, which is just as important as the practical. 

Jack looks forward to the rest of his course, as he looks to gain more independence in his work. He says: "I think down the line I'll be working on some more electrical-based jobs, especially as John Deere moves more into electric machines. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in."

New students are enrolled each year, and the standard programmes include on-the-job training and assessment as well as up to eight weeks each year at the John Deere Apprentice Training Centre in Nottinghamshire. John Deere's apprenticeship programme trains students in engineering, electronics, hydraulics, diagnostics, communication skills, computing, sales and marketing. 

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Your questions answered

  • How long does an Apprenticeship Programme last?

    1-3 years dependent on the type of programme selected. The programme combines on the job training at a depot with classroom and workshop tuition at the John Deere Training Centre in Nottinghamshire

    At the end of your training period, you will be required to sit an end point assessment (EPA). This is completed using the evidence collected throughout your apprenticeship and discussions with the training provider. The EPA itself will consist of online tests, practical observations, and professional discussions.


  • What qualifications do I need to apply?

    Apprentices are required to have achieved English & Maths at GCSE A-C or 4 & above, or Functional Skills Level 2 prior to being put forward for EPA.

  • Why choose a John Deere Apprenticeship?

    If you want to work in farming, this is the Apprenticeship for you. This multi award winning programme has had over 1200 apprentices that have been through the programme, with 13 Ag Tech graduates progressing to a National City & Guilds Medal for Excellence award.

  • How do I apply?

    Simple, send a CV today to

‘It’s not just about spanners and hammers, and getting covered in grease and oil. It is about the mind blowing technology that is built into agricultural and turf machinery’ – Former John Deere Apprentice

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