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Coronavirus thwarts Midlands Machinery Show

August 18, 2020 by  
Filed under Machinery

Organisers of the Midlands Machinery Show are continuing to support the sector through their Agricultural Engineering Apprentice Awards – despite cancelling this year’s event.

Due to take place on 18-19 November at Newark Showground, the annual show is the latest in a string of agricultural events to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the apprentice awards will still take place.

“There is still ongoing uncertainty, with changing guidance and restrictions affecting exhibitors and visitors alike. Given how long many of our exhibitors require to prepare for the show, we felt we needed to make a decision,” said show committee chairman Bob Sheldon.

“Our prime concern is the wellbeing of all our supporters and rather than risk delivering a subdued and more limited experience than normal, we felt it was better to decide now and find a different way to support the industry.”

Launched in 2017, the agricultural engineering apprentice awards celebrate the contribution of apprentices and trainees in the agricultural industry and recognise their commitment and hard work in colleges and workplaces across the UK.

The awards form part of the Midlands Agricultural Engineering Traineeship and Apprenticeship Education Scheme. Each winner – chosen by a panel of Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society judges – receives £500 to help fund their career development.

“These awards provide valuable promotion of agricultural engineering as a career and help to bring fresh blood into this important and fast-moving sector,” says Mr Sheldon. “We are so pleased to be able to continue to run them this year, with the support of our local colleges and manufacturers.

“We would also like to thank our exhibitors and visitors for their ongoing support. Next year’s Midlands Machinery Show has been booked for 9-10 November, and we are all looking forward to a more positive year in 2021.”