Would you like to work for MDS?

June 26, 2018

We have an opportunity to join the MDS team as Development Manager.

This is an exciting opportunity for an individual, committed to driving improvements with the ability to support all levels of staff to meet the agreed standards. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer you will ensure that members, trainees and training providers are competent to meet current and future requirements. To achieve this, you will review training and development plans, manage training systems and prepare learning and development material to deliver a successful training strategy as well as an ability to improve business practice.

For more information please contact

Open Day – Dundee

June 25, 2018

We will be holding an Open Day in Dundee on 12 July, in order to celebrate the work MDS has been doing for over 30 years to bring young talent into the food and fresh produce industry.

Speakers will include MDS chair Christine Tacon, John Gray from member company Angus Soft Fruits and two MDS Alumni, Stephanie Brown from Protolan and James Nielson from Greenyard Fresh.

If you’d like to find out more about MDS we’d love to see you there.


Meet the Trainees

May 10, 2018

This summer Meet the Trainees will be taking place on the afternoon of 18 June in Grantham. Please contact for more information.

Possible phone line disruption

April 11, 2018

Please note that we are doing some work on our phone lines today (11 April 2018) so you may not be able to reach us on our usual number. If you can’t get through, please try 01733 259 600 or our mobile numbers. The work should be complete by 2pm today so there should be no issue after this time.

Meet the Trainees

December 7, 2017
Our ever popular bi-annual event is back! All of the current MDS trainees and many MDS members will gather on 22 January 2018 in Grantham in preparation for Spring 2018 permanent jobs and secondments.
11.00 – 13.00: Member Networking
14.00 – 17.30: Meet the Trainees (presentations, speed dating & networking)
Please contact for more information.

MDS Open Day 16 November 2017

November 6, 2017

If you or your business would like to find out more about how MDS works, what it does for the industry and what it has been doing for it for the last 30 years then please come along to our open day on 16 November in Peterborough (10am – 2pm). Speakers will include MDS members and trainees past and present.



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 to gain access today!


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