As part of an expansion plan, Red River People is rebranding its training services to the agribusiness sector with its Food Chain Academy, headed up by Vicki Tripney, training manager. 

Red River People was formed in 2010 by a group of professionals in agribusiness pooling their expertise to provide specialist human resources and business enterprise services on a global scale. Its main focus will now be on recruitment with Food Chain Academy responsible for training. 

Vicki Tripney, who joined the organization a year ago, has more than 25 years of experience in the agricultural industry, ranging from hands-on projects on farms to European-wide auditing for large companies including Tesco. She is also an NVQ assessor, has worked with the veterinary profession to improve health and welfare standards on dairy, beef and sheep farms and delivers training within the agribusiness industry, with the main focus on poultry and food safety. 

“Vicki’s interactive and inclusive training style has been praised by attendees to our courses, and she always makes a great, long-lasting rapport with our clients,” said Amy Archer, marketing consultant of Food Chain Academy.

Tripney said, “At Food Chain Academy, we believe in delivering a personal service and building strong relationships with our clients. We are constantly developing new training programs to suit individual needs and use only highly experienced trainers to deliver these tailor-made courses.”

With a small but expanding team, Food Chain Academy can provide an increasing number of courses nationally and internationally — both in-house and open courses at local venues — including compliance, skills training and team building.  The company is already a leading training provider of British Poultry Passports and International Poultry Records.

“We appreciate within agribusiness, bioscience and food sectors that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to staff training and development simply doesn’t work,” added Tripney. “In the 21st century global economy, where technology changes in the blink of an eye and all aspects of the food chain are subject to new and evolving regulations, the workforce needs the knowledge and skills to ensure their employer remains competitive and ultimately profitable.”

Food Chain Academy also takes on the management of company training databases, so clients can be confident that induction and refresher training for all of their staff is always kept up to date.