Training graduates in the food and fresh produce industry

About us

Welcome to Management Development Services (MDS)

MDS provides a graduate scheme with a differenceย 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…

#farm24 Skilled labour to run sophisticated operations & machinery. Sustainable supply chains to keep us moving. Caring for our soil and environment. And we get great support from our farming family. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ‘ @MDS_Updates @afgroupuk @yanafarming @ColmansUK @DoubledayGroup


MDS #farm24 2020 What a great day! Thank you to all the Trainees who got involved ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ If #Farm24 has made you consider a career in #agriculture, the MDS grad scheme is the perfect route!

Another great clip from MDS Trainee Harry Twinberrow of one of his other favourite pieces of machinery @JEPCO ๐Ÿšœ#Farm24 #feedingthenation #backbritishfarmers #agriculture

Group 44 Trainee Ellie Churchill is on her 4th secondment with @CortevaUK as a Marcomms and CRM Assistant! She let us know what she learned from the MDS Graduate Scheme and the #freshproduce #agriculture industry ๐Ÿ‘#farm24