There’s a vast support network of Trainees on the MDS graduate scheme. The MDS Trainees in Action group (TAG) is run by Trainees for Trainees. The group offer a range of support via social events, professional development opportunities and online meet ups.
According to TAG reps Orla (group 46) and Ruby (group 48) the purpose of the group is to encourage Trainee development.
“We aim to facilitate Trainee networks, promote professional development and link trainees to members and alumni. We meet weekly to discuss projects and plan events which Trainees can get involved in, along with collaborating on projects with the MDS office.”
The reps highlighted how the group has become more important than ever due to the growth of the MDS programme and pandemic.
“TAG is important in a scheme like MDS because there are over 60 Trainees now. We are all ‘in the same boat’ moving to different companies and new places. The more we support each other and develop connections, the more we will all gain from our MDS experience.”
“I think TAG has become even more important during COVID-19 because our face-to-face training has moved online. Unfortunately Trainees haven’t had as much of an opportunity to mix as we usually would. We have enabled this by organising various online events which has helped expand these networks.”
The Future of TAG
Despite many of the 2020 TAG events being cancelled when the pandemic hit, the group maintained regular online meetups and worked with MDS staff to raise over £1000 for FareShare. They also have plenty of big plans for the future.
“We are hoping to reschedule some of the events which had to be postponed due to COVID-19, which included a wine and cheese night at Sainsburys HQ, a visit to an Aldi regional distribution centre and a day at the races. For now, we are planning more Trainee ‘get-togethers’ over zoom which allows Trainees to interact with those in other groups. We have also collaborated with the MDS team to put on a ‘grow your own sunflower’ competition.”
Meet the TAG reps