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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We have the perfect opportunity for an MDS alumni with a Herefordshire grower. The Assistant Farm Manager will report directly to the Farm Manager and work as part of the growing and harvest management team. Salary 35k-40k Find out more:

Congratulations to group 50 for winning the #MeetTheTrainees Cohort Champions challenge team building activity this week.

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A fantastic inspirational talk on resilience from 3x Guinness World Record holder, polar explorer and business woman Victoria Humphries for all MDS Trainees! Lots of great development sessions to look forward to today #MeetTheTrainees #MDSMTT