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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 Land-based Engineering Training & Education Committee (LE-TEC)

The Land-based Engineering 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.


In late 2022, LE-TEC launched their #WeAreLandbased campaign! This brings together both educational and careers pathway information targeted at 12-16 year olds in a concise, easy to understand website. It is backed up by a social media campaign and huge amount of video content, both in animation form and testimonial videos from industry champions. Join the conversation today and search #wearelandbased or visit

The full press release can be viewed here

Government approval for both level 2 and level 3 Land-based Engineering Trailblazer Apprenticeships

LE-TEC have also developed and introduced both level 2 and level 3 Land-based 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:

2022 saw the following winners:

  • James Hood
  • Brad Smith
  • Craig Farmer

Information for the 2023 competition can be found here.