INDUSTRY

Agrifood Industry Advisory Board: barriers and opportunities to accessing funding for training

The first meeting of the re-structured Industry Advisory Board was held on 21 January 2019, to discuss graduate training needs and how they should be funded. The meeting was chaired by David May, of May Agrifood Services Ltd.  A dozen members of industry and members of the AFTP met in Central...

Food chain divided on EAT-Lancet Commission report

A globally challenging report written by the EAT-Lancet Commission that defines targets for healthy diets and sustainable food production has received a mixed response regarding its recommendations for the reduction of red meat consumption and the environmental assumptions contained within the...

IFST Forum - Flexibility and innovation required for agrifood skills training provision

Flexibility and innovation required for agrifood skills training provision A forum hosted by the Institute of Food Science and Technology at the 2018 Food Matters Live Show in London highlighted the ongoing need for flexibility and innovation when it comes to training and skills development...

AFTP team up with Farmers Weekly to launch Innovation Masterclass

Farmers Weekly has chosen to partner with the AgriFood Training Partnership and University of Nottingham to launch a unique three day Executive Education Programme. Featuring experienced university and industry researchers and business leaders in the agrifood sector and beyond; the Agribusiness...

The Top Food Stories of 2018

Was 2018 the year of the vegan or the great potato shortage? This year saw an increased consumer scrutiny of how food is produced and manufactured and effects on health and wellbeing in the UK and around the world. From the sugar tax to Brexit food shortages, we take a whistle-stop tour of 2018’s...

Five months to go – what measures are in place to enable UK agrifood businesses to overcome post Brexit skills shortages?

The Brexit process is placing extra pressure throughout the agrifood supply chain, which is already grappling with a skills gap, concerns about access to continual movement for workers between the UK and the EU, and a shortage of skilled and unskilled labour. In addition, the UK’s world-class food...

New skills strategy first step to productivity growth

According to DEFRA’s most recent Farm Business Income report, the UK’s agricultural productivity growth rate has plateaued since the early 1990’s and underinvestment in skills & training across the sector is a key factor, according to Tom Hind, Chief Strategy Officer at the Agriculture &...

Skills shortages and careers pathways in the agrifood industry – building a framework that delivers UK productivity

Although the agrifood industry contributes more to the UK economy than the automotive and aerospace industries combined, this highly diverse sector is in short supply of human capital. In this article, that is scheduled to be published in the December issue of the IFST Magazine, AFTP Director,...

The future of food production is just around the corner

The future of food production is just around the corner During the AFTP conference in July 2018 we took the opportunity to chat with members of the AFTP community and gain their opinion on what lies ahead for food and agriculture businesses in the near future.  In our first piece, Chris Wells...

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