Training graduates in the food and fresh produce industry

About us

Welcome to Management Development Services (MDS)

MDS provides a graduate scheme with a difference for the future leaders of the food and fresh produce industry.

MDS is a partnership of companies that aims to equip young people with the experience, training and mind-set so that they have the confidence and ability to rapidly become senior business leaders within the industry.

The membership includes growers, suppliers and retailers of vegetables, salads, meat products and agrochemicals as well as agronomy specialists.

Our graduate scheme is unique in that it provides graduates with the experience of four roles of real responsibility in four different businesses as well as a L5 Leadership and Management apprenticeship qualification, accredited by the Chartered Management institute and developed with the industry in mind.


What are you looking for?

If you’re thinking of applying for the scheme, head to the Grad Scheme section.

For business considering MDS Membership, all the information you need is in the Members tab.

#MDSFutures includes videos and blog posts from current trainees, members and those that have completed the scheme and are working in the industry.

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Latest Tweets from MDS…

Well done to all the new MDS Trainees who have completed their induction and #inspirational #leadership masterclass with @NJLR

@MDS_Updates @targetjobsUK @Group_GTI @CertisNL @LidlGB Congratulations! Alex worked with us pre-lockdown at James Hutton Ltd and was a real star. #JHL, #hutton

Very proud & pleased @AlexBenakis #Congratulations! Alex was with us from @MDS_updates for 6 months in the role of #Marketing & #Business Development Associate & absolutely excelled in everything we asked of him. A very well deserved #Award! #RisingStar ⭐️🏆

MDS are very pleased to announce that group 43 alum, Alexandros Benakis has placed second in the @targetjobsUK @Group_GTI #TJAwards20 Rising Star Award👏Since completing MDS in early 2020, Alexandros now works for @CertisNL as their International Marketing and Project Officer