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MDS Ltd

MDS is a specialist management training organisation representing almost 25 member companies in the fresh food and produce industry. MDS works in the best interests of the industry, transforming university graduates into the managers of tomorrow through a two-year training programme. The programme is accredited by Harper Adams University offering successful trainees a Postgraduate Certificate in Food and Fresh Produce Management.

One of the biggest advantages of the MDS programme is the opportunity to experience several different jobs at different companies, providing a wider understanding of the needs and challenges facing the fresh food and produce industry. This is achieved by giving the management trainees four six month secondments within four different member companies. As well as the practical experience that the Management Trainee receives through this programme, MDS also provides comprehensive off- the- job- training. This formal training is linked to day to day business needs and its integral part of the two year MDS programme.

The training areas covered are topical and relevant and include communication skills, leadership, team building, financial awareness, process analysis, problem solving, negotiation skills and employment law. Spread over 26 days, these courses are structured to complement the secondments and provide trainees with skills, knowledge and techniques that can be applied back in the workplace. It is a comprehensive and well-designed programme which has been assessed and accredited by Harper Adams University which on successful completion gives the management trainee a Postgraduate Certificate in Food and Fresh Produce Management.


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