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Midlands Machinery Show continuing to back the next generation of agricultural engineers

Midlands Machinery Show are delighted to announce that the Midlands Agricultural Engineering Apprenticeship Awards is returning for its sixth year at the show – 16th and 17th November 2022.

The apprentice awards were originally launched by MMS show organisers, Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, in a bid to support and inspire young apprentices, who now more than ever, deserve new and exciting opportunities to develop their abilities and confidence they need as they head into their future careers.

Supporting aspiring agricultural engineers is vital for the future of the industry and this year’s show will be recognising up and coming talent within the sector. Each successful applicant will receive £250, the first of a two-year instalment totalling £500. Entries are open until 14th October 2022 to agricultural apprentices aged 17-25 who are living and working in the Midlands region.

“The industry needs to work hard to recruit and retain agricultural engineers and technicians of the future. As an agricultural charity, we recognise these challenges and by organising the awards, we can give apprentices a financial shot in arm to purchase new tools and acquire skills to help propel them through their training.” says MMS Events Manager, Elizabeth Halsall.

Isaac Kirk was one of the 6 winners who received his first award in 2021 and we are welcoming him back at this year’s show to collect his final payment – so how has this apprentice award helped him?

Isaac is progressing well within his role at Ripon Farm Services where he is a John Deere Agricultural Technician Apprentice. He believes by doing this apprenticeship, it allows him to get hands on experience while also earning and see’s it is a great opportunity.

Isaac has continued to expand his knowledge not only on John Deere products but other such brands. Being recognised as an award winner, has given Isaac confidence and has helped him to buy specialist tools needed to enhance his career and hopes the second instalment will allow him to do the same.

Elizabeth continues “Applications are now open, and we encourage Midlands based agricultural engineering apprentices to apply to have the opportunity to be selected. We hope the awards will recognise the wealth of talent and highlight the career options within agricultural engineering.”

Further information: 

Applications are made by completing a downloadable application form from the Midlands Machinery Show website, which also outlines entry requirements. Once completed please email to [email protected] by 14 October 2022. 

The Midlands Machinery Show takes place on 16-17 November 2022 at Newark Showground, Nottinghamshire.  

·        Tickets are now available. Entry is free but advanced registration is essential. For more information or to register your place visit 


Editors’ notes: 

Midlands Agricultural Engineering Apprenticeship Awards 2022 

Organised by the Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, the awards support young agricultural engineering apprentices aged 17-25 with a bursary to financially assist with their careers. 

The award value is £500 per applicant which is paid in two instalments of £250 over two years, winners must be able to attend the Midlands Machinery Show for two consecutive years to collect their award. 

Applications are made by completing a downloadable application form from the Midlands Machinery Show website, which also outlines entry requirements, once completed please email back to [email protected] 

Closing date for applications: Friday 14 October 2022 

Winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony at the Midlands Machinery Show at Newark Showground on Thursday 17th November. 

About the show: The Midlands Machinery Show is organised by the Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society and is a platform for SME and large agricultural businesses to show their diverse range of machinery and innovation to those who work and have an interest in agriculture.


Contact for further information: 

Elizabeth Halsall 

Events, Show and Development Manager 

Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society 

Organiser of Midlands Machinery Show 

T: 01636 705 796 E: [email protected]  



Picture of Isaac Kirk, one of last year's winners.