Our Social Mission Statement

ATDP (Animal Technician Development Programme) is a social enterprise that is committed to linking employers, educational establishments, job seekers and social advisory bodies to inspire and promote the career of an Animal Technician within the medical research industry, by offering more open and fairer opportunities for employment.

ATDP’s social mission is to link employers with both students and job seekers via a variety of accessible employment routeways. ATDP is passionately committed to supporting every candidate to find work by improving on their employability skills with the same end goal, to successfully secure and sustain employment as an Animal Technician

What is ATDP looking to achieve?

The Animal Technician Development Programme (ATDP) identifies, inspires and prepares new Animal Technicians for an exciting career within the UK Life Sciences workplace.

Our ATDP employability programme aims to offer support services to educate animal workers on the industry whilst providing them with employability skills to help them gain sustainable employment as an Animal Technician. We believe in giving everyone a fairer chance to access the career path as an Animal Technician by allowing applicants to demonstrate their abilities through a variety of alternative routeways such as video interviews, training and work placements. We are committed to working with our budding animal technicians to develop their employability factors by building a portfolio based on what they ‘can do’.
ATDP sets out to work ‘differently’ by offering ring fenced opportunities and work placements to showcase what someone is capable of as opposed to standard traditional recruitment methods

Why did we create the ATDP?

What makes ATDP so unique, is that we offer exclusive opportunities to all groups of people via work placements. We recognised that as a career – the life science industry was not an option which was discussed openly with people who were looking to work with animals. The role of an animal technician was not something many people were prepared to talk about. ATDP also noticed a huge lack of awareness or understanding when it came to employers and their selection procedures. Many Animal lovers were being deprived of opportunities at interview stage due to their lack of employability skills or social skills.

Many of the animal technicians we have placed into work are fantastic working with animals but lacked the ability to put in an outstanding application or to win an employer over during interview due to their lack of social skills. We decided to get employers thinking differently by creating open and fairer opportunities via the ATDP. ATDP is breaking down barriers by asking employers to open up their doors by giving more real-life work experiences

One of the best things about ATDP is the amazing array of talented animal lovers we have placed into work either with an employer partner or directly working with us at one of our employer partner sites – people from all kinds of backgrounds, with all sorts of different skills and experiences to draw on. The animal technicians we recruit all have one important thing in common – the desire to learn, grow and develop as an animal technician.

ATDP recognised that there was a weak link between colleges, universities and typical government-funded advisory bodies such as Job Centres and their subcontractors. ATDP is committed to actively promoting awareness of the career path via college lectures, information workshops and webinars. In its first year, ATDP has proudly forged some strong links between educational establishments and local employers of Animal Technicians across the UK. ATDP now has 21 educational partners to be exact, along with multiple jobcentre relationships.

ATDP recognised that animal technicians especially those who mainly worked as temporary contract workers, did not always get the training that was required to help them progress in their career. Often, these workers were seen as ‘an extra pair of hands’…

ATDP is committed to achieving a minimum employment rate of 85% into work. So far in our first year, we have achieved an astonishing 92% into work success rate with 100% of our learners receiving some form of a positive outcome.