The Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) has announced the winners of its coveted AEA Scholarship.
David Goodchild and Thomas Edwards are both BEng/BEng Honours Agricultural Engineering students at Harper Adams University, who are now also the recipients of the 2022 AEA Scholarship; having been chosen by a panel of industry representatives and experts.
With this scholarship, Mr Goodchild and Mr Edwards will have the opportunity to connect with key industry partners, working alongside them to promote careers in the agricultural and outdoor power equipment sectors.
They will also work closely with the AEA to boost awareness of the opportunities and educational routes within the agricultural sectors. Mr Goodchild and Mr Edwards will help the AEA to develop social media content to inspire others to consider careers in agri-engineering.
AEA CEO Ruth Bailey commented: “One of the biggest issues the agricultural and outdoor power equipment sectors face today is the accessibility of skills and attracting the next generation.”
“The scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for an agricultural engineering student of any background to help promote and support the industry as it looks to find new talent and attract others who may wish to look to agricultural engineering as a profession.”
“Both David and Thomas will be perfect Ambassadors for our sector, relaying a great message about how exciting a space this industry can be for anyone of any age or background to join.”
Mr Goodchild spoke of the scholarship win: “This has given me an incredible boost and redeemed my confidence in myself as an individual. It has inspired me to continue with commitment and dedication to both my studies and working in the Agricultural Engineering sector.”
“I have already put the funds to good use, purchasing additional tools that will aid my studies.”
Mr Edwards added: “Thank you very much for awarding me your prestigious AEA Scholarship!”
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and look forward to working with the AEA over the coming months. The Scholarship funding is already helping me to fund several projects that will enhance my career in Agricultural Engineering.”