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.
ATDP was created due to there being a noticeable gap between budding Animal Technicians wanting employment and employers offering ‘accessible’ employment. 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!