The AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP) is the bridge between industry and academia translating cutting-edge academic research into applied industry expertise. Our main route for achieving this is through our four technical groups who review and scrutinise new course proposals.
The groups are split into the following four subject areas:
- Crops and Fresh Produce
- Environment and Sustainability
- Food and Nutrition
- Livestock and Forages
All groups share the common theme and purpose of acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the university partners who are developing new courses and modules for the AFTP, as the groups comprise both university staff and industry representatives who are tasked with informing the AFTP of their training and development needs especially in relation to current and emerging scientific and technical topic areas.
Tim Hess, the AFTP Deputy Director and Associate Professor at Cranfield University, summed up the groups position when he said: "These groups are vital to ensure we are customer focussed when developing new course proposals. They play an invaluable part in us making sure we listen to new ideas from industry where they feel training is needed."
The AFTP currently has over 100 courses and workshops across the agrifood value chain. The technical groups review current courses to make sure they are still relevant to industry and look for new and emerging areas to expand into. Each technical group has an industry based chair who is elected by the group.
The AFTP is looking for industry colleagues to join these technical groups, which are a great way of networking in industry and enhancing your CV. If you feel you have the relevant experience, are able to attend two-three meetings each year and have an interest in working with us to develop courses for the AgriFood industry of the future, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.