JCB North America welcomes apprentices for Fall 2022

JCB Apprentice group standingSAVANNAH, Ga., – JCB North America recently welcomed its newest group of apprentices. This year JCB adds eight Manufacturing Skills Apprentices and five Craft Skills Apprentices to an ever-expanding program, which began in 2011. There is a total of 31 apprentices working in the manufacturing business for JCB.

NOTE: JCB’s Manufacturing Skills Apprentices are full-time Industrial Maintenance Systems students at Savannah Technical College. Front row (L to R): Aiden Cimadevilla, Kien Nguyen, Yanella Biggins, Caitlyn Edwards, Korynth Ramsby. Back row (L to R): Steven Cowart, Jackson Cheeks, Kyreese Gordon, Janori Higgenbottom, Coen Ridgley, Scott Szurley

JCB North America currently manufactures skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, telescopic handlers and equipment for commercial and defense customers, and markets a range of more than 300 JCB machines via 120 dealers across the region. JCB’s Apprenticeship Program was introduced as the region’s first manufacturing apprenticeship program designed to increase the skilled labor workforce at the company’s headquarters in Pooler.

“When we began, we focused on the Manufacturing Skills Apprenticeship program, and the first class had five apprentices,” said Tonya Poole, vice president of Human Resources for JCB North America. “The success of the program has been greater than we could have imagined, which led us to look for more ways to incorporate Apprentices into the business. In 2019, we added the Craft Apprenticeship track offering an opportunity for graduating seniors to join JCB directly out of high school and explore different areas of the manufacturing process before deciding on a career. Both the Manufacturing Skills and Craft Skills programs have resulted in providing JCB with a highly qualified, internal pipeline of future employees and leaders, and we look forward to seeing what the new class of Apprentices add to the JCB business.”

JCB’s traditional Manufacturing Skills Apprentice Program is a five-year Apprenticeship Program that accepts graduating high school seniors, who are interested in obtaining a manufacturing related two-year Industrial Maintenance Systems associate degree at Savannah Technical College. The JCB curriculum includes business awareness training, manufacturing foundations and on-the-job training. Apprentices rotate through several areas of manufacturing operations including Fabrication, Purchasing, Product Control and Assembly. 

The Craft Skills Apprentice Program is a two-year program that allows high school seniors to rotate through departments on the manufacturing floor including Assembly, Fabrication, Paint and Materials.  Once the Craft Skills Apprentices complete their four-month rotations, they have the opportunity to join JCB’s manufacturing team in an open position or join the traditional Manufacturing Skills Apprenticeship Program and earn their associate degree at Savannah Tech.

All Apprentices are considered full-time JCB employees and receive compensation and benefits such as health, dental and eye insurance, retirement benefits and paid time off. Apprentices in the Manufacturing Skills Program also receive free tuition and all school tools and materials paid for by JCB.

The 2022 Apprenticeship Class participants are:


First Name

Last Name

High School Attended



Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School



Islands High School



Robert W Groves High School



Alfred Ely Beach High School



Bryan County Middle High School



First Name

Last Name

High School Attended



South Effingham High School



Islands High School



Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career High School



Alfred Ely Beach High School



Hershel V. Jenkins  High School



Hershel V. Jenkins  High School



Islands High School



May River High School

For more information on the JCB Apprenticeship Programs visit

JCB is the world’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of construction and agricultural equipment. At 22 plants spanning four continents—and countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, India and Brazil—JCB manufactures a range of more than 300 products including Loadall telescopic handlers, backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, compact excavators, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, Access aerial work platforms, rough terrain forklifts, and Fastrac tractors. For more information, visit 

JCB North America | August 19, 2022

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Pam Veiock – JCB North America

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