An apprentice has become the first in his company to achieve success on a special advanced programme.
Tom Richardson, who works for John Deere dealer Thomas Sherriff & Co Ltd in Alnwick, was one of 19 young service technicians to graduate from the John Deere Ag Tech, Parts Tech and Turf Tech advanced apprenticeship programme.
He is the first Thomas Sherriff apprentice to achieve this advanced status.
The graduating group of students were invited to the John Deere Forum visitor centre in Mannheim, Germany, to receive their certificates.
The presentations were made by John Deere & Company’s regional training delivery manager Dr Lutz Schueppenhauer, John Deere UK Ltd training manager Chris Wiltshire and training programme manager James Kesterton.
During the specially-arranged visit, the apprentices had the opportunity to visit the John Deere tractor and cab factories and the European parts distribution centre.
Thomas Sherriff & Co Ltd branch manager Andy Hedgecock said: “We are all proud of Tom`s achievement and he is a genuine asset to our dealership.
“He is the first Thomas Sherriff apprentice to graduate from this advanced training programme and is a valued member of our team.
“This new advanced level qualification gives the high standard of training now required for current agricultural machinery.
“Tom is now registered to continue his training within the John Deere University.”