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…

Congratulations to Catherine Russell, Matthew Welton, Natasha Cutler, Isabel Cole and Hugh Cruickshank for receiving the Special Recognition Awards for Support and Leadership at #MeetTheTrainees

Congratulations Celia Robles Angel for receiving the Doug Henderson Professional Development Award!
Celia has shown the highest level of achievement in her secondments and has gone above and beyond to demonstrate leadership ability.

Had a fantastic couple of days with @MDS_Updates for Meet The Trainees-🌟thanks to the team for organising! 🌟

Great to hear about what fantastic opportunities there are for myself and fellow trainees going forward

Fingers crossed to getting together in person in the future 🤞

Congratulations Oliver Black for receiving the David Bagshaw Apprenticeship Award! Oliver has consistently submitted work which exceeds expectations on his L5 Management training and truly deserves the recognition 🏆 @LDNCoAT #MeetTheTrainees