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.
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.
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.