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About MDS Ltd

A unique collaboration of industry leading businesses that develop graduates to kick start an exciting leadership career in the food and fresh produce supply chain.

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The food and fresh produce supply chain is the largest manufacturing sector in the country and MDS nurtures talented graduates to become future leaders in this innovative, diverse, and sustainable industry. MDS represents all aspects of food, fresh produce, horticulture, and agriculture, from growers all the way to supermarkets.

MDS is a non-profit organisation that was set up in 1986 by a group of forward-thinking growers concerned about the shortage of skilled managers within the industry. Our current membership stands at over 60+ businesses and this continues to grow year on year. The collaboration of MDS and industry leading businesses has fast-tracked the career of over 500+ graduates.

MDS offers a unique challenge beyond other graduate schemes. The two-year programme is a rotation of four roles in 3+ different businesses. On top of this, you will complete a Level 5 Leadership and Management training qualification accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. You'll get training, knowledge and experience to rapidly progress your career.

Applications are accepted throughout the year for intakes starting in April and October.

There are three stages of the application process:

  1. Website Application – This takes around 30/40 minutes to complete
  2. Telephone Interview –
  3. Assessment Centre Day

Culture and Values

Empower – Trainees are empowered to become the best version of themselves by receiving high quality training, development and opportunities to succeed.

Inclusive – We want a variety of people to work in the industry and so MDS strives to make more people aware of the opportunities.

Proactive – At MDS we continually seek new ways to support the industry with leadership needs and encourage trainees to be proactive in developing their career opportunities.

Collaborative – MDS works closely with the trainee, members and the industry.

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Facts and figures
  • Number of employees: 51 to 250
Industry sectors
  • Merchandising
  • Agriculture, Animals & Plants
  • Agriculture
  • Food
  • Operations
  • Retail, Business & Commercial Services