AFCP 9th Annual Forum held on 23 November 2016

Title: Upskilling agriculture and food supply—where should charities focus?


To consider the strategic direction of the agri-food industry and the opportunities for charities in supporting this direction, particularly in relation to the level and type of skills required.


Introduction               John Reynolds (Chairman AFCP).
                                    To set the context for the Forum in terms of AFCP’s previous involvement with the area and raise some deliberately provocative challenges to the Forum;  

Forum chairman       Prof. Peter Mills (Vice Principal at Harper Adams University)
Paper 1           Philip Wynn (Master of Worshipful Company of Farmers)
                        What skills are needed to sustain successfully our changing industry?

Paper 2           Richard Charles ( Field Service manager UK & Ireland, Valtra)
                        How is the machinery industry training staff to have the right skills?

Paper 3           Prof. Val Braybrooks ( Dean of Holbeach Campus, Univ. of Lincoln)
                        How is the food sector meeting the challenge for skilled staff?

Paper 4           Sarah Purdell (Programme Manager, National Land Based College)
Are there appropriate educational initiatives and opportunities?.

Paper 5           Scott Norris (Chairman Perry Foundation)
                        How can charities help industry deliver the right skills?

Discussion     Prof. Peter Mills
                        Conclusions and ideas for the future including important background information about the industry and training.