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We must attract more youngsters to our industry, says AEA president

June 3, 2019 by  
Filed under Machinery

The UK agricultural engineering sector must find new ways to retain and attract youngsters from outside the industry, says a newly-elected industry leader.

Adrian Winnett was elected president of the Agricultural Engineers Association by fellow members of the AEA’s management board after two years charing its farm equipment council. The organisation represents UK machinery manufacturers and importers.

Agriculture was too often seen as an insular industry, said Mr Winnett. He added: “It is a terrible shame that beyond our own circle neither the word ‘agriculture’ nor ‘engineering’ resonates in terms of a career choice with the majority of young people.”

Mr Winnett, who is also managing director of operations for Argo Tractors in the UK and Ireland, said: “We must do our bit to help change those perceptions if we are to capitalise on the wealth of talent that, at present, is attracted to other industries and commercial sectors.”

As AEA president, Mr Winnett will lead the organisation’s management board while its councils and specialist groups focus on issues and initiatives related to manufacturing, training and education, chemical applications, sprayer testing, service management and ATVs.

“Consultation on proposed legislation as it impacts machinery and helping members interpret and implement new rules when they are introduced remain key functions of the AEA, along with the statistics and export services,” said Mr Winnett.

“As our relationship with the rest of Europe and the world evolves, I think membership of the AEA by agricultural and outdoor power equipment companies has never been more important.”

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