Female Technicians of the Future

Added 11/03/2024

For International Women’s Day, Louise from AGCO caught up with Zoe Wilding from Chandlers Martley depot; and we are proud to say that it turns out Zoe is enjoying the Chandlers Academy Apprenticeship scheme and likes fixing tractors just as much as the rest of the team of apprentices. Here is what Zoe had to say about the program:

What does your working day look like? 

It’s really varied. I can do PDIs (pre-delivery inspections) and the occasional service on my own. But I am also supported to do bigger jobs like changing hub seals on fastrac's or replacing a water pump. 

What motivated you to become an agricultural engineering apprentice? 

I grew up around farms, agriculture, and the countryside. Plus, I've always been interested in mechanics and wanted the opportunity to find out more. I like getting hands on too. So, I took the chance and ended up really enjoying it and wouldn't do anything else now.

Have you had any mentors or people who have supported you? 

My mum’s very supportive. If ever I’m nervous about something or worried she always pushes me to do my best. So, I couldn’t do it without her. Also, my cousin’s boyfriend is a mechanic and he let me work alongside him some Saturdays. I just really enjoyed it. But tractors are big and more exciting than cars. 

How do you find working in a team that is mostly men?  

The lads are lovely. Can’t ask for a better bunch to be fair. I have to ask a lot of questions, but there is stuff they don’t know too, and they’re always happy to help. The men treat me the same as everyone else, which is better than them being overly nice. 

Would you encourage other women to follow your lead? 

It'd definitely be nice for more women to come into this industry. The only thing I would say is sometimes I am not as physically strong as the men in my team, and I do have to ask for help. But not one judges, and everyone is helpful and kind. We are a team with different strengths and abilities.  

What’s the best bit? 

The training can be really rewarding. For example, I fitted a beacon to a tractor. It was a little bit of wiring, but I got right. It’s exciting when you do something for the first time, and it works. 

Do you have any words of wisdom for other women or girls? 

Be confident and be yourself. If you want to do it, do it. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Do what you want to do, and you’ll always be happy at the end of the day. Sometimes you have to be a bit brave. 

If would you like to train for a rewarding career as a technician, maintaining, servicing and repairing premier brand tractors, machinery and telehandlers this could be a superb opportunity for you. We have our own Academy Manager entirely devoted to the progression of our workshop technicians from apprenticeship to master technician. 

Our apprentices are paid during the whole process including the time at college. Every apprentice gets a structured and individual learning plan tailored to their development.

To find out more or to apply for a Chandlers Apprenticeship click here and scroll down to our current vacancies.

Alternatively contact Chandlers Academy Manager Andrew Silvester on 07570 671416 or email apprenticeships@chandlersfe.co.uk.

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