01 Apr 2020


Shining a light on our champion technicians

LE-TEC announce the winners of their Technicians For 2020 competition

Land-based Education and Training Committee (LE-TEC Ltd) are proud to announce the top 3 winners of their Technicians For 2020 competition. Designed to celebrate and find the UK’s best Technicians in the Land-based Engineering sector, entrants submitted a short video explaining three aspects of themselves; who they were, how long they have been a Land-based Technician and why they enjoy their day-to-day job.

As an industry collaboration, the LE-Tec Ltd judging panel consisted of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE), British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association (BAGMA) and the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). Aiming to highlight the skills and love for the sector, the judges were overwhelmed by the number of fantastic entries received and after much deliberation they shortlisted their top videos and settled on a top three.

CEO of the AEA Ruth Bailey, explains the initiative behind the competition, “Recruitment, as within many industries has been difficult in recent years, and our industry is an absolute gem but one that is little-known outside of industry circles.  We now feel we’ve found some fantastic champions for our industry through this competition and we cannot wait to work with them further.”

Ed Hansom, CEO of IAgrE continues to explain “Technicians are the backbone in any engineering organisation. They are the ones who fix the problem, who commission the equipment, who explain to the trainee and who work with the customer. This award showcases the very best in our agricultural engineering technicians and why a career in this industry can be so rewarding”.

The judges top three videos consisted of George Nowell from Kubota UK in third place, Matthew Branson from AgTech Engineering in second place, and Will Twigg from Ripon Farm Services coming in first place. All three videos display incredible passion for their work and just how rewarding a career in Land-based Engineering can be. Prizes included tickets to Northampton Saints Rugby, Silverstone F1 Grand Prix and a power tool kit and radio from Makita.

Technicians For 2020 winner Will Twigg from Ripon Farm Services comments “It’s always hard to find staff so promotion of how good the industry actually is to work within would be a great idea and one that I will fully support.”

George Nowell - Third Place video
Matthew Branson - Second Place video
Will Twigg - First Place video
Judges Shortlisted Videos Montage - Entrants Montage video

LE-TEC hope to run this competition further so if you missed out this time, there could always be a second chance. For further information, please contact AEA’s Digital Media & Marketing Specialist, Gareth Ford via or on 01773 207607.

About the Land-based Education and Training Committee 

The Land-based 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 Agriculture 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 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 about 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.