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Alumni Portal

July 28, 2017

If you’re an MDS alumni you have exclusive access to our Alumni Portal which includes information about upcoming events and a vacancies page to help you plan the next steps of your career in the food & fresh produce industry. Vacancies are posted by current MDS members looking to target MDS alumni.

If you’re already signed up to the portal, log in directly on our website. Otherwise email info@mds-ltd.co.uk to gain access today!

#MDSFutures

July 14, 2017

We want to bring MDS to life for potential members and trainees so we are about to launch an exciting new campaign: #MDSFutures. We will be sharing a variety of exciting new material over the coming months on social media and our website. Here’s a glimpse of what is to come:

MDS Trainee Instagram Takeover

July 3, 2017

From July, MDS trainees will be taking over the MDS Instagram account, showcasing life as a trainee on the MDS Graduate scheme. This month Louise, in her 4th secondment, will be running the account. Find us on Instagram @managementdevelopmentservices or #diariesofanMDStrainee

Free Masterclass by IGD

May 5, 2017

The theme: Evolution: Retail in the future, near and far

19 June 2017 6pm, Ramada Resort Grantham, Marston

This Masterclass training session, delivered by speakers from IGD will include a talk and opportunities to interact and network. The session is designed so that everyone has something to take away; it could be a great opportunity to refresh a subject that you are familiar with, but is also accessible to those new to a topic. It is open to everyone working in the food and consumer goods industry – from graduates to senior managers. Colleagues with no involvement with MDS are also welcome.

For more information and to book go to:

www.igd.com/retailinthefuture

We hope to see you there!

Worshipful Company of Fruiterers Conference

March 14, 2017

The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers are holding  a conference in London this Thursday 16 March:

Navigating turbulence in the produce supply chain and beyond

Featuring some very relevant topics and speakers, this promises to be a thought provoking and enlightening day for both MDS trainees and anyone else involved in the industry. For more information or to book: http://www.fruiterers.org.uk/conference/

Ladies in Agriculture Networking Event

February 16, 2017

Ladies in Agriculture is a group of professional women in food, agriculture and the land based industries at all stages of their careers, who get together to discuss business issues, support each other via mentorship and advice and help generate networks of contacts that might be useful to themselves and their businesses.

The group is open to anyone who feels the network would be of benefit to them – to meet, network, offer moral support, seek out mentors, ask questions and share experiences.  A key aim is to promote the sectors they represent and actively encourage others into the industry, be it those of the younger generation or those changing their career path.

Christine Tacon, MDS Chair, heads up the group and has encouraged MDS trainees, alumni and contacts to attend the next networking event which will take place in March, details below. This time the Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Andrea Leadsom will also be attending so it promises to be an interesting evening.

 

Date:                     8th March 2017

Time:                    6.30pm- 9.30pm

Location:             Savills, London, W1G 0JD

Price:                    £30 for members or £18 for guests (includes a light buffet and refreshments)

RSVP: jo@morepeople.co.uk

 

It would be good to see lots of you there.

 

Summer 2017 Call for Secondments

January 24, 2017

Planning for the Summer 2017 secondments is underway. If you are a member company, or a potential member company and you would like an MDS trainee for the Summer, please contact Anna (anna@mds-ltd.co.uk).

Meet the Trainees January 2017

January 10, 2017

Have you accepted your invite to our bi-annual Meet the Trainees?

Proceedings will be kicking off at:

6pm on Monday 23 January

All of our current trainees will be there to meet member companies and to explore options for their next steps, be this their next secondment or a post-MDS role. This is your chance to get a feel for our trainees and to meet them face to face.

Please contact Helen for more details.

If you are a member company we hope to see you there along with all of our trainees.

Graduate Scheme Food

New Year Fresh Start

January 5, 2017

We are beginning the New Year at MDS with renewed vigor as we have been joined by two new team members.

Beverley Tegala, Finance Officer & Administrator

Beverley has joined the team to take on financial management and to assist with general administration. She has a penchant for the outdoors, walking in particular, and is sure to do us all to shame by cycling to work in the summer!

Anna Williams, Development Manager

Having completed the MDS scheme in 2014, Anna is back for more, but this time on the other side of the fence. She will be responsible for developing the business in terms of recruitment and member companies.

 

Both Beverley and Anna are looking forward to working with Saffy and Helen as well as the extended MDS network of trainees and member companies.