John Deere Joins U.S. Army in Recruitment Efforts

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Deere & Company

    MOLINE, Ill., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- John Deere will team up with the
 U.S. Army to attract recruits who will receive training in certain skills
 required in their military service and then be eligible for employment using
 those same skills at John Deere after their Army commitment ends.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000719/CGW051LOGO )
     The program, entitled Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS), encourages
 Army recruits to be trained in certain skills needed by John Deere.  Prior to
 leaving the military, these soldiers will be given priority assessment for
 John Deere jobs.
     "It is exciting to partner with the Army to attract a new generation of
 John Deere wage employees.  Based on our strong future need for new wage
 employees, the scarcity of the necessary skills in the labor market and John
 Deere's plans to grow, we are pleased about this partnership with the U.S.
 Army," said Steve Wohlwend, who leads the project for John Deere as a senior
 manager of industrial relations.  "The Army has long been recognized as one of
 the world's great training organizations."
     John Deere is among a handful of leading companies that have partnered
 with the Army in this new strategic program to attract, train and deploy
 talented young people who seek employment in a variety of careers.
     The company said it plans to fill various manufacturing jobs as well as
 skilled trades positions through the Army PaYS program.  Those interested in
 applying should call their local U.S. Army recruiter.
     "John Deere has long been recognized as a company of immense strength and
 integrity, much like the Army," said Major General Dennis D. Cavin, commanding
 general of the Army's Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
     The innovative PaYS program was launched in the fall of 2000 and already
 includes several leading employers, such as General Dynamics, Pepsi Bottling
 Group and State Farm Insurance.  Besides manufacturing, recruits will prepare
 for careers in emergency medicine, sales, logistics, construction,
 communications and automotive and aircraft maintenance.
     "This partnership speaks well for both John Deere and the U.S. Army.  This
 effort will be mutually beneficial and long lasting since our organizational
 values are similar in many ways," said Colonel Robert Qualls, program manager
 for PaYS.
     Partner companies such as John Deere will indicate their need for
 particular skills and the Army will attract recruits into training programs
 for those skills.  This allows recruiters to sell both the benefits of the
 military experience to prospective soldiers and the possibility of a job with
 John Deere or other partner companies when the candidate finishes the military
 obligation.
     John Deere creates smart and innovative solutions, in the form of advanced
 machines, services and concepts, for customers on the farmsite, worksite and
 homesite worldwide.
 
 

SOURCE Deere & Company
    MOLINE, Ill., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- John Deere will team up with the
 U.S. Army to attract recruits who will receive training in certain skills
 required in their military service and then be eligible for employment using
 those same skills at John Deere after their Army commitment ends.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000719/CGW051LOGO )
     The program, entitled Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS), encourages
 Army recruits to be trained in certain skills needed by John Deere.  Prior to
 leaving the military, these soldiers will be given priority assessment for
 John Deere jobs.
     "It is exciting to partner with the Army to attract a new generation of
 John Deere wage employees.  Based on our strong future need for new wage
 employees, the scarcity of the necessary skills in the labor market and John
 Deere's plans to grow, we are pleased about this partnership with the U.S.
 Army," said Steve Wohlwend, who leads the project for John Deere as a senior
 manager of industrial relations.  "The Army has long been recognized as one of
 the world's great training organizations."
     John Deere is among a handful of leading companies that have partnered
 with the Army in this new strategic program to attract, train and deploy
 talented young people who seek employment in a variety of careers.
     The company said it plans to fill various manufacturing jobs as well as
 skilled trades positions through the Army PaYS program.  Those interested in
 applying should call their local U.S. Army recruiter.
     "John Deere has long been recognized as a company of immense strength and
 integrity, much like the Army," said Major General Dennis D. Cavin, commanding
 general of the Army's Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
     The innovative PaYS program was launched in the fall of 2000 and already
 includes several leading employers, such as General Dynamics, Pepsi Bottling
 Group and State Farm Insurance.  Besides manufacturing, recruits will prepare
 for careers in emergency medicine, sales, logistics, construction,
 communications and automotive and aircraft maintenance.
     "This partnership speaks well for both John Deere and the U.S. Army.  This
 effort will be mutually beneficial and long lasting since our organizational
 values are similar in many ways," said Colonel Robert Qualls, program manager
 for PaYS.
     Partner companies such as John Deere will indicate their need for
 particular skills and the Army will attract recruits into training programs
 for those skills.  This allows recruiters to sell both the benefits of the
 military experience to prospective soldiers and the possibility of a job with
 John Deere or other partner companies when the candidate finishes the military
 obligation.
     John Deere creates smart and innovative solutions, in the form of advanced
 machines, services and concepts, for customers on the farmsite, worksite and
 homesite worldwide.
 
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