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Providing specialist training across the entire agrifood supply chain

University of Nottingham
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About The AgriFood ATP

Who are we?

The AgriFood Advanced Training Partnership (ATP) is one of three higher level training partnerships that have been awarded funding by the BBSRC to deliver skills and training to businesses in the agrifood sector until the end of 2016.

Training is delivered by four leading internationally recognised university and research institute partners: The University of Nottingham, Harper Adams University, Cranfield University and Rothamsted Research, as well as industry partners including Campden BRI and Cambridge University Farm.

Our aim is to be flexible and responsive to industry by enabling people to participate in anything from one day workshops and field days to short courses and accredited postgraduate programmes.

You can visit our courses page for full details.  


You can find out more about the people who work for the AgriFood ATP on our Meet the Team page.


Our students have discussed their experiences of studying on an AgriFood ATP course on our Student Testimonials page.


What we offer participants:

If you work in farming, food processing and manufacture, retail or consultancy there is almost certainly an AgriFood ATP course for you.

Whether you are new to the industry and keen to learn new skills, or have been in employment for many years and wish to refresh old knowledge or up skill for a new position, the AgriFood ATP aims to help you understand the latest scientific and technical developments that have an impact on your business.

Training is delivered in easily accessible short courses and e-learning. Assessments are targeted to offer both you and your employer benefits in new skills and knowledge.

What participants are saying about our courses:

Since beginning operations in 2012, we've trained well over 600 delegates from hundreds of different agrifood businesses across the UK, including multinational companies such as PepsiCo, Mars and ASDA.

In 2015 we have undertaken an extensive impact study with 44 interviewees across 34 companies in the agrifood supply chain to find out from our trainees, how they and their employer has benefited from attending our courses. The report can be downloaded here.

Our participants have occupied a wide range of job roles across the entire agrifood supply chain and you can watch a selection of our students talking about their experiences of studying with us on our student testimonials page. 

The AgriFood ATP Community:

Over the last five years the AgriFood ATP Partners have been pleased and proud to work with hundreds of members of the agrifood industry in delivering course, workshops, events and e-Learning. Even if you're not currently attending a course you can be a part of our community by attending one of our events, joining our LinkedIn Group, following us on Twitter or subscribing to our newsletter.

How we work with and benefit agrifood businesses:

Our courses are designed with industry input to ensure we include topical issues and bridge knowledge gaps in areas where industry feels there is a need to improve. Courses are designed to provide maximum benefit to industry with participants undertaking work based assignments as part of their assessment; using their knowledge gained on courses to address business based challenges.

The AgriFood ATP is a partnership that includes industry representation at all levels of decision making. Our Management Board includes representatives from AHDB, NFU, Campden BRI, the Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network and the Chilled Food Association.

Each of our subject subgroups which reviews and approves new courses for the partnership is chaired by an industry representative.

Our animals group includes personnel from AHDB Beef and Lamb, AHDB Pork, AHDB Dairy and ForFarmers.

Our crops group includes personnel from BASF, AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds, AHDB Horticultural, AHDB Potatoes, Association of Independent Crop Consultants, and Agrii.

The food and nutrition group includes personnel from Campden BRI, Samworth Brothers, Greencore, the IFST and Waitrose.

You can view our Subject Group Members and find out more about the central AgriFood ATP delivery staff on our meet the team page.

We Work With:

The ATP Initiative

There are three partnerships within the ATP initiative. Bringing together companies with research and training organisations, each are formal, sustainable collaborations between end users and providers of high-level skills in the agrifood sector.

If you can’t find the training opportunity you’re looking for with the AgriFood ATP, please contact us.

Alternatively, one of the other ATPs may be able to provide what you require:


Sustainable and efficient food production
Led by IBERS, Aberystwyth University

This programme addresses high–level skills needs of pasture based agriculture in the UK, focusing on increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impact of extensive beef, sheep and dairy farming.
Food ATP: Food quality and health
Led by University of Reading

This partnership brings together industrialists and academics focused on delivering high quality and real–world relevant training for the food and production industries.

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