Welcome to the Food Industry Training Unit

The Food Industry Training Unit is Ireland’s first and leading training provider for professional development in the food, agri-food and seafood sectors. This year the unit celebrates 30 years of excellence in the development, accreditation (where applicable) and delivery of part-time education and training for Ireland’s largest indigenous industry sector. At the core of our ethos is our ambition to support the agri-food sector, nationally and internationally, through excellence in training and development. Our programmes have been recognised with National Awards for Training and Development and are included in National Policy.

As our Global Food System faces unprecedented challenges, we aim to equip our industry colleagues with the best-in-class skills and competencies to meet current and future challenges and support human capital excellence throughout the sector.

FITU works in partnership with Industry, State Agencies, and academic colleagues in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, College of Science, Engineering and Food Science and Cork University Business School as well as a range of industry based experts. We deliver courses that meet stakeholder needs, are informed by the latest research developments and adhere to the highest educational standards. Learners are supported with individual attention from our management team, access to UCCs learning infrastructures, and, where appropriate, work-integrated learning delivering maximum impact to both learner and their organisation.

Our flexible suite of offerings ensures that learners can opt to join a specialised webinar, a short course (often micro-credential accredited), or a full programme. Indeed we have recently introduced stackable qualifications to our suite where industry professionals can start with a short course and progress right through to a Masters.

We are very proud to celebrate our 30-year milestone in 2023, the European Year of Skills,  and are ambitious to continue innovating in Agri-Food and continuing professional development to deliver the skills our sector needs.


Amy-Jane Troy, PhD 


Food Industry Training Unit, School of Food and Nutritional Science

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, University College Cork

083 061 6682 | +353 21 4903178


Food Industry Training Unit

University College Cork , Western Road, Cork