Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) offers discount membership at LAMMA for technicians working in the landbased sector

The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) is offering a discount for landbased technicians applying for its new grade of ‘technician’ membership during LAMMA 2018.

The new grade has been launched to recognise the importance of the role of the technician in agricultural engineering. Technicians will be able to join the Institution on the day at LAMMA for a reduced rate of £30 for the year.

“It is so important that we recognise the crucial role which our technicians fulfill across agricultural engineering in all of its forms. They do such a great job and whether they are working as a Service Engineer in a dealership, as a Precision Farming Technician in wider agriculture or as a Soil Science technician, this new grade is a positive way of recognising their achievements,” said Alastair Taylor, CEO of IAgrE.

The Technician grade of IAgrE Membership is for those who are qualified at a vocational or technical level and have completed an apprenticeship or extended diploma. They will have a technical qualification in agricultural engineering, land-based technology or related engineering or scientific subject at Level 3. This will include, for example, an extended diploma, advanced apprenticeship or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

“There are many reasons why it is good to be a member of a professional body. It is recognition and acknowledgement of your experience, personal skills and knowledge. This leads to a professional identity and greater job satisfaction, recognition and respect from employers, colleagues and customers for the expertise held. It helps you with continual professional development opportunities (CPD) and to stay abreast of technology. In the long term it offers greater career prospects and earning potential as well as greater self-esteem, confidence and professional assertiveness, added Alastair.”

People interested in finding out more should come along to Stand Number 645 where IAgrE representatives will look forward to talking to you about the benefits of membership.

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