Carl along with his business partners founded Deere Apprenticeships in 2011, Since then Deere Apprenticeships has become an established provider nationally working with many multi-national companies and government departments including the DWP.

Since the unexpected passing of our Managing Director John Sims – One of the Co-Founders of Deere Apprenticeships, Carl is striving to grow Deere Apprenticeships in the memory of John and what he would have wanted the business to be.


Claire is the Curriculum and Delivery Manager at Deere Apprenticeships; Claire has worked within the education sector for 21 years and in this time, she has extensively taught, lectured and coached Apprentices. Claire is an internal examiner responsible for quality at Deere Apprenticeships as well as being an external End-Point Assessment Examiner. Claire is also the lead for Information, Advice and Guidance at Deere Apprenticeships.

Claire gained her PhD in Educational Leadership in 2018 and became Doctor of Education specialising in Leadership and Management within the Further and Higher Education Sector. Claire has a master’s degree in Coaching and Mentoring and a Master’s Degree in Research, Education and Social Science. Further to this Claire has two Post-Graduate Degrees, a BA (Hons) Degree, and numerous teaching qualifications.

Claire enjoys reading academic articles and writing for publication, since the publication of her PhD Claire has co-written with her Apprentices and is co-writing a guidance book for PhD students with colleagues from two Universities. Claire is currently designing resources and materials for learners and tutors at Deere Apprenticeships.

When not working Claire likes to relax by recreationally ice skating and by watching her son represent the UK in figure skating and Ice dance competitions.


Rachel  joined Deere Apprenticeships in October 2021 and has worked in the Education sector for over 10 years. Rachel is the Designated Safeguarding lead at Deere Apprenticeships.

Rachel has a vast amount of knowledge within education having completed various roles  from Learner Engagement, Tutoring and Data Compliance and Audit.

Rachel enjoys spending her spare time with her little boy and trips to the seaside.

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