15 apprentices from Blaise Pascal Vocational School on a trip to Belgium and Germany ! publié le 31/03/2023

On the initiative of M. Faure, coordinator of the apprenticeship training unit (UFA), who submitted the project « OSER » financed by the Apprentice Training Center (CFA académique), up to 80% , these students were offered the opportunity to discover two worldwide agricultural equipment manufacturers and visit their amazing production sites :

  • NEW HOLLAND located in Zedelgem – Belgium
  • JOHN DEERE located in Mannhein – Germany

The guided tours started in the conference room to learn about the history and evolution of the brand before moving around the whole production line, from parts manufacturing to assembly and testing.

New Holland Showroom - Zedelgem


  • Day 1 : Hardi Evrard production site (crop spraying machinery) in Baurainville – Pas-de-Calais
  • Wellington Quarry in Arras (underground museum founded to the memory of the British Army and the Dominion Forces who lived under the city in the tunnels dug by the New Zealand Tunneling company during the Great War of 1914-1918).
  • Day 2 : New Holland production site in Zedelgem – Belgium
  • Day 3 : Aix-La-Chapelle and its magnificient catheral – Germany
  • Day 4 : Porsche Museum in Stuttgart – Germany
  • Day 5 : John Deere production site in Mannheim - Germany

Every night, the group was accommodated in a different International youth hostel. Such a great experience !

Educational use

Their Maintenance and English teachers (Mr. Fernandez and Mrs Guibert) also took part in this trip and took full advantage of the programme in class, before and after the trip.
The students learnt how to tell about a travel plan, developped their oral and written comprehension skills with authentic videos as well as through texts from the various visited spots. They also recorded an audio description of John Deere showroom in Mannheim.

The students will then be assessed by an oral final task consisting in a personal travelling experience report based on a mind map and illustrating pictures.
→ CECRL : speaking B1 / B1+

Websites used as teaching resources

Wellington Quarry
The evolution of Manufacturing operations in Belgium by CNH Industrial
John Deere History
John Deere Technology and innovation
John Deere Forum in Mannhein Video used for the audio description



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 Aurélie Guibert