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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