Engaged Employees

Employee Education & Development

Davey employees embody the excellent service we provide to our residential, utility, commercial and government clients. We engage our employees by making it possible to grow alongside the company, providing ongoing opportunities for career advancement and personal development. Davey provides a wide array of educational and developmental programs company-wide, through corporate, local and distance learning opportunities.

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To sustain our growth, it is imperative that we invest in our employees’ personal and professional development. For nearly 140 years, employee education has been foundational to our success, equipping each employee with the tools he or she needs to deliver the best possible care to our clients. Through our Learning Management System (LMS), employees can access our extensive education and development programs from the touch of a button. Additionally, employees have access to classroom and in-field training and courses.

Objectives for training and education vary by service lines. In the field, instructor-led trainings may cover topics from proper equipment usage and safe climbing technique to specialized arborist trainings and specific techniques for commercial, utility or residential situations.

The Davey LMS offers employees mobile access to online courses and a virtual library, covering topics ranging from safety techniques to horticulture. Employee use of the LMS continued to increase in 2018.

In 2018 we held the first class of the Davey Institute of Utility Sciences (DIUS). This program has been designed to further the education and training of our utility services employees developing the future leaders of the Utility service line. The inaugural class had 20 employees and we plan to triple that in 2019. 

In 2019 we plan to hire an online education curriculum coordinator to help us design programs that help further interested employees career paths. This online curriculum will be designed to complement our other training programs and to be used in conjunction with DITS, DIGM, DILS, and DIUS.

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In addition to online LMS trainings, Davey offers in-person training at the Davey Institute and regional workshop sessions. The largest onsite training—the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (D.I.T.S.)—takes place each February in Kent, Ohio. A modern-day take on the original collegiate experiences taught by John Davey, D.I.T.S. is open to employees from all over the U.S. and Canada, and the program still uses a combination of lecture and outdoor experiential learning.

Ongoing partnerships with trade associations and an associate’s degree program offered through Kent State University provide Davey employees opportunities to continue their education and advance their careers at Davey.

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