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IEP Welcome ATDP as latest Corporate Affiliate Partners

09 January 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Ette
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IEP Welcome ATDP as latest Corporate Affiliate Partners

IEP are pleased to welcome ATDP as our Corporate Affiliate Partners. ATDP is a social enterprise that are committed to engaging with employers, educational establishments and those interested in training to become Animal Technicians within the medical research industry


The Animal Technician Development Programme (ATDP) is a sister company of S3 Science and are the only organisation within the UK that are employer led and focusing solely on attracting, developing and training new Animal Technicians for the UK Life Sciences sector.


Joanna Bradshaw, Programme Director said “Some of the best parts of my career were built whilst working within the Employability Sector. Although I have always had a commercial brain, my heart has always been drawn to supporting people into work, especially those who may feel disadvantaged or impacted due to barriers such as low self-esteem, having a disability or some form of health condition. My background within Employability, inspired me to develop the ATDP employability programme within the life sciences sector due to there being a noticeable gap between budding Animal Technicians wanting employment and employers offering ‘accessible’ employment.


“I remember reflecting back on my roles within Remploy and Shaw Trust, where the teams often came across job seekers who were looking for opportunities to work with animals, but whilst they were great with animals, they often lacked good social skills or unable to sell themselves well in interviews. The job opportunities were too often limited due to the number of vacancies available or the requirement for employees to be very highly qualified (even at a trainee level!). Many animal technicians are great at the job because they have a love for animals and are easily able to engage with them, but this does not mean that it comes naturally to all animal technicians when it comes to engaging with people. I also found that mental health conditions were very common within the industry and that support was not always discussed or available. In almost every case, a mental health condition has not prevented our ATDP learners from completing his or her learning and continuing a career as an Animal Technician, as we also offer this support.


“In setting up ATDP we have been able to provide a long-term, permanent link between employers’ animal facilities and fresh new diverse talent, by providing them with educated, committed and well informed, local workers. We raise awareness with the local College and University leavers about our partner employers’ and their outstanding work, along with the benefits of working for them as an Animal Technician. We identify and attract the very best local learners based on their capability to give ‘great animal welfare’ by enrolling them on a 24-week new Animal Technician Development Programme (ATDP) which provides structured training covering welfare, ethics, legislation, animal husbandry and bio security as well as hands on work experience to produce a new breed of talented, enthusiastic and local Animal Technicians. We raise the profile of the Animal Technician career pathway and deliver a competitive learning environment to produce future Animal Technicians that both the employers and animals deserve, based on the industry demands. The ATDP allows learners to study from home in their own time with a mixture of 2 weeks work experience and 12 weeks paid learning.


“In partnering with the IEP we are aiming to demystify the stigma associated with animal research within the life sciences industry and actively promote awareness of the Animal Technician career pathway.  Our employer partners include academia’s, charities and institutes such as Kings College, UCL, Cancer Research UK (to name a few) who have all pledged to ring-fence their vacancies for people who have completed the programme. This in turn provides strong career options, competitive salaries and an accessible route way for those people wanting to provide comfort to animals as a career. There is a heavy goal of an ‘80% in to Work Rate’ attached to the ATDP programme, to ensure we are helping those who really want the job, to get the job. Currently in our first quarter we have placed 24 out of 25 Animal Technicians in to work, which means we are over delivering and running at 96% - which is truly mind blowing!

Should you want any more information on the ATDP, or know of any potential jobseekers who have 2 years animal handling experience or some form of animal related qualification then please contact Joanna at