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AGCO signs up to nationally-recognised Land-based Training Accreditation Scheme

The Land-based Education and Training Committee (LETEC), which is made up of IAgrE, AEA and BAGMA, is delighted to welcome AGCO to the Land-based Training Accreditation scheme.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor CEO of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers

The Land-based Education and Training Committee (LETEC), which is made up of IAgrE, AEA and BAGMA, is delighted to welcome AGCO to the Land-based Training Accreditation scheme.

The scheme established in 2007, aims to establish a clear career path for technicians through the achievement of four qualification levels, Entry (LTA1), Standard (LTA2), Advanced (LTA3) and Master (LTA4).

The move to join the scheme was spearheaded by Freddie Pullan, Manager, Technical Training UK and Ireland for AGCO Ltd. “The LTA scheme provides a clear and accepted means of benchmarking, monitoring and assessing the competence of technicians employed nationwide within the landbased sector,” commented Mr Pullan. “AGCO was keen to ensure that the training it provides to technicians employed by the Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra dealers matched this standard, providing a clear and documented career path for AGCO apprentices and technicians wishing to progress within the agricultural engineering industry.”

Alastair Taylor, LETEC Chairman and CEO of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers commented: “I am delighted AGCO is promoting Technician Accreditation through LTA for service engineers working across their range of products. This means that all of the main manufacturers are committed to the concept of developing and recognising the professionalism of technicians working on their products. With more manufacturers and importers actively looking at how this approach will add value to their products and service LTA is gaining support and working towards achieving its initial objectives of offering a career path in order to assist in the recruitment, development and retention of skilled technicians within the industry’’.

“These are exciting times” added Keith Christian, CEO of BAGMA, “LETEC is working on a range of initiatives to promote this important industry and the fantastic career opportunities it offers. We have been at the cutting edge in developing new apprenticeships in Land-based Engineering and over the winter are planning road shows and events to promote these to machinery dealers and young people thinking about a career in land-based engineering.”

Roger Lane-Nott, CEO of AEA commented: “As machinery and farm equipment becomes ever more complex, we need well trained technicians to keep these working at optimum performance. The industry is leading the way with its commitment to training and education and having AGCO on board can only add to the success of the technician accreditation scheme. Looking to the future we need to attract the very best young people to our industry. We have recently commenced the development of a new website to help promote careers for those people with an interest in land-based engineering.


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