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The AEA are committed to championing the workforce within our industry. Our industry can offer exciting and varied career paths, utilising some of the most cutting edge technology within engineering.

The Landbased Engineering Training & Education Committee (LE-TEC)

The Landbased Training and Education Committee (LE-TEC Ltd), a Private Company Limited by Guarantee, is sponsored by three main industry bodies: The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA), British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association (BAGMA) and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE). Its aims are to promote training and education for people working with farm and horticultural machinery and in associated areas.

As an industry collaboration, LE-TEC is looking to tackle one of the biggest current issues the agricultural and outdoor power equipment sectors face today: that of skills. The training and recruitment of youngsters for our industry, particularly in respect of attracting young talent into our manufacturing and retail base, is ever more critical. As an industry, we face a huge crisis in the skills gap if we do not start to look more pragmatically at enticing a new intake of recruits and then genuinely offering them a progressive career path which recognises skills and competence levels within the technicians’ and customer service related roles.

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LTA Scheme

LE-TEC was responsible for the development of the Landbased Training Accreditation Scheme (LTA), the objective of which is to provide a nationwide means of benchmarking, monitoring and assessing the competence of technicians employed within the sector.

The LTA Scheme provides a career development path and recognition for both employers and technicians and those employees who commit to continual professional development in pursuit of technical support excellence.

Government approval for both level 2 and level 3 Landbased Engineering Trailblazer Apprenticeships

LE-TEC have also developed and introduced both level 2 and level 3 Landbased Engineering Trailblazer Apprenticeships. We have teamed up and worked together with the construction equipment sector and these apprenticeships are now published and accessible to our industry and potential training providers. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain nationally recognised qualifications and valuable workplace skills, all whilst earning.

AEA Scholarship Programme

We are delighted to announce that this week we launched the beginning of the AEA Scholarship
As part of the AEA’s commitment to supporting the next generation and attracting new talent into our
industry, we are proud to announce that our Scholarship programme with Harper Adams
University launched in April 2021. The first scholarship focused on a final year BEng/MEng Agricultural Engineering student from Harper Adams University, and was awarded to Sean Whiteway. We look forward to forging a relationship with Sean over the coming months!

LE-TEC Technician Videos

Alongside the launch of the new Land-based Engineering website, LE-TEC ran a competition to find the best engineers our sectors have to offer. The judges top video entries for 2020 can be found here. The LE-TEC competition also took place in 2021, with the top three videos being: