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.

Management Approach

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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.

2020 required us to rethink and innovate our training programs to be delivered in either a remote asynchronous or socially distanced in person. Through this effort we were able to continue to engage our employees with over 45,000 course completions.  We plan to expand this effort during 2021 by hiring 2 curriculum developers to support the creation of engaging content following the learner first model.

Learning Management System


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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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