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…

We are very excited to be part of the judging panel. Cant wait to see the nominations for Agricultural Student of The Year. #BFA20

Trainee Oliver Gilding has a Podcast and we popped in for a chat! Check out the Sofa Club podcast where we talk about life as a trainee and how we are working hard to ensure all our trainees get the full MDS experience despite the restrictions of Covid-19

We will be attending our first virtual careers fair on the 11th of June. Come talk to us and we can answer any questions you may have about our unique Graduate Scheme and how we can help you become a #futureleader in the Food and Fresh Produce Industry #VRIF @UniRdg_Careers

As we start our Spring Secondments we also have to say goodbye to our oldest cohort as they come to the end of their time with us. We will be watching their career progress with interest and wish them all the best in the future.