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 industry and academia – translating cutting edge academic research into applied industry expertise. In an era of climate change food insecurity and an ever-growing population, the AFTP is helping the industry’s best talent to deepen their knowledge, advance their skills, and progress their careers through flexible training opportunities and continuing professional development. Together we’re equipping the agrifood industry to become more efficient, more profitable and more sustainable – to prepare us all for the challenges ahead. 

The AFTP 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 industry partners including Birmingham University, Campden BRI, Leatherhead Food Research, NIAB and Rothamsted Research.

Designed in collaboration with industry specialists and businesses serving the agrifood industry, and backed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the AFTP offers leading-edge, up-to-date and industry relevant training that spans from one-day workshops, short courses and online learning to part-time masters and research degrees that combine academic rigor with real-life examples and projects.

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 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 that is 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. We are confident that our training offers ideal solutions for busy individuals and organisations looking to develop their skills, and 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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