#NAW2022: The Summer Berry Company on MDS Training Benefits

#NAW2022: The Summer Berry Company on MDS Training Benefits

#NAW2022 (National Apprenticeship Week) is back! The annual week-long celebration of all things apprenticeships highlights all the fantastic achievements being made by apprentices and employers across the UK.

MDS are Experts in Professional Apprenticeship Training within the Food and Fresh Produce Industry

MDS are experts in professional training within the food and fresh produce industry with over 36 years of experience. The current level 5 CMI (Chartered Management Institute) certified management training scheme is carried out through The Apprenticeship College and has been running for two years.

As well as MDS Trainees, there are currently over 42 Member employees enrolled on the scheme. Member delegates represent a range of businesses across the food and fresh produce industry such as The Summer Berry Company, G’s Fresh, Aldi, Fyffes, Del monte, Cobrey Farms and Protolan.

“A truly unique learning experience”

MDS Members are seeing the benefits of the training made available to them through MDS. Diane Grace, HR Director at The Summer Berry Company, explained why they chose to enroll their own staff onto the programme, “We decided to enroll four of our managers and our internal Graduate Trainees on to the level 5 apprenticeship course to provide them with an opportunity to study and gain an internationally recognised qualification with the Chartered Management Institute. The group are learning skills that will help them to progress to higher levels of management. This supports our culture of investing in our employees’ development and supporting them to progress within the business.”

“We chose this programme because it offers training in a broad range of skills and throughout the programme, each delegate is assessed and works with a coach to support them. They also receive a tailored development plan, ensuring a truly unique learning experience. One clear benefit is that this programme is funded by the Apprenticeship Levy funds so there is no cost to the business. We hope that another group will commence the programme in September 2021.”

The Summer Berry Company employee Camilla Langmead started the scheme in September 2020 and is really reaping the benefits, explaining “The course has been extremely valuable, and I have attended workshops where I have been able to directly apply the skills to my day-to-day job. I look forward to gaining more experience, developing my knowledge, and pushing myself to reach my potential within our fast-paced industry.”

#NAW2022 MDS Livestream

If you would like to find out more about the apprenticeship training opportunities available through the MDS Development scheme, we are running an exciting free event on Thursday 10th February at 12:00 pm on LinkedIn live. Join MDS COO Sapphira Waterson, Business Development Manager Kirsty Barden and Trainee Jake Mac Mahon for an #ApprenticeshipWeek live-streamed webinar with Quantet group’s (The Apprenticeship College) Tilly Allen.

We’ll be breaking some of the myths surrounding apprenticeships and discussing the endless opportunities available to apprentices and businesses within the food sector.

  • How have apprenticeships changed over the last 10-15 years?
  • How are apprenticeships supporting the food and fresh produce industry?
  • What can businesses gain from apprentices?
  • What apprenticeship opportunities are available within the food and fresh produce industry?

These are just some of the questions we’ll be covering during this short 1-hour webinar: SIGN UP NOW