Who are we?

The AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP) is the leading high-level training provider for the agrifood sector.

The AFTP is the bridge between the Agrifood industry and academia – translating cutting edge academic research into applied industry expertise. The AFTP is helping the industry’s best talent to deepen their knowledge and advance their skills. Through courses focused on professionals, The AFTP offers flexible training opportunities for continuing professional development (CPD). In an era of climate change, food insecurity and an ever-growing population, we are equipping the agrifood industry to become more efficient, more profitable and more sustainable – to prepare us all for the challenges ahead. 

The AgriFood Training Partnership is a collaboration of six world renowned UK university core partners - Aberystwyth University, Bangor University, Cranfield University, Harper Adams University, The University of Nottingham, and The University of Reading - that delivers cutting-edge training, informed by the latest academic research, to professionals in the food and agriculture sectors. Training is also provided by our affiliated university and agrifood industry partners including Birmingham University, The Pirbirght Institute, Campden BRI, Leatherhead Food Research, NIAB and Rothamsted Research.

The AFTP offers leading-edge, up-to-date and industry relevant training designed in collaboration with industry specialists and businesses serving the agrifood industry. Courses span from one-day workshops to short courses, online learning, part-time masters and research degrees. This combination of academic rigor with real-life examples and projects is why the Agrifood Training Partnership is backed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Taking a training course with the AFTP will give participants the skills and knowledge to allow them to make an immediate impact in their business and the agrifood industry. In light of the UK’s changing relationship with Europe and the rest of the world, our objective is to assist professionals in developing their skills to enable them to help create a robust and technologically-advanced agrifood industry - fit for the challenges of the future.

Our training has been designed to provide flexible pathways for individuals, with full recognition of their significant professional obligations. As a result, our portfolio not only encompasses the latest scientific research, but includes convenient delivery modes such as distance and blended learning, enabling participants to study when and where they like; as well as the capacity for participants to ‘build’ degrees on a part-time study basis or take courses as part of CPD requirements for professional memberships. We are confident that our training offers ideal solutions for busy individuals and organisations looking to develop their skills and we hope to welcome many of you on our courses in the years to come.

I found the e-learning elements of my training very useful. You could log in and out of it in your own time and base it around any work or family commitments.

Natasha Jenkins

Food & Safety Officer, Cornwall Council

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