The Midlands Machinery Show continuing to back the next generation of agricultural engineers – with the return of its annual apprenticeship awards.
The Midlands Agricultural Engineering Apprenticeship Awards will return for the eighth consecutive year at the two-day event, which takes place on 8-9 November at the Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire.
The awards were initially introduced the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, which organises the event, to provide support and guidance to young apprentices from across the Midlands region.
Vital for farming
Supporting the best of the next generation of agricultural engineers is key for promoting careers within the industry, says event manager Elizabeth Halsall. Apprentices are vital for farming and deserve opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge, she adds.
“Through hands-on learning and experience, apprentices help cultivate a thriving and sustainable future for our farming communities and by providing a platform to help fund these young apprentices is crucial.
“Now, more than ever, they deserve new and exciting opportunities to inspire them and help support the experience, skills and confidence they need as they head into their future careers.”
In 2022, Robert Ward, a dedicated apprentice at Farol, was thrilled to receive the first instalment of his well-deserved award. With this recognition, he says he is motivated to continue his journey with Farol for many years to come.
“The award not only serves as a testament to Robert’s hard work and commitment but also grants him the opportunity to invest in much-needed equipment,” says Ms Halsall.
“Applications are currently open, and we strongly encourage aspiring Midlands agricultural engineering apprentices to apply to have the opportunity to be selected.”
Successful applicants will each receive £250 – the first of a two-year instalment totalling £500. Entries are open until 13 October 2023 to agricultural apprentices aged 17-25 who are living and working in the Midlands.