Take a look at the features below to get a feel for how MDS works in real life for businesses and graduates alike.
Imogen is a History graduate from the University Warwick. She has just completed her first secondment in systems training and business improvement with Tristram Plants and will soon be starting a projects secondment with G's Fresh. So, why did a history student apply to a fresh produce graduate scheme? We spoke to Imogen to find out why and see how she has transferred her skills to support the industry.
Martha joined the MDS Graduate Scheme in 2021 after completing a languages degree. She comes from a non agri-food background but has been able to transfer her skills to support Member businesses.
Arunima joined the MDS Graduate Scheme in 2021 after completing a French and Linguistics degree at the University of Oxford. She comes from a non agri-food or supply chain background and has been able to transfer the skills she developed on her studies to support Member businesses in food and fresh produce.
To mark the start of December and the closing of the year, group 47 Trainee Emma decided to reflect on 2021. Take a read of her December blog to find out all about the highs and lows and what she is looking forward to in 2022.
Group 48 Trainee Shahrukh Farrakh has been on the MDS graduate scheme for just over 1 year. During this time he's been able to experience some very different challenging roles.
The Doug Henderson Development Award honours Trainees who are willing to go beyond expectations to demonstrate success. The award is highly respected within the wider industry, highlighted by the winners' current roles.
Isabel Cole is in her final secondment with Aldi and has accepted a permanent position with the organisation. We spoke to Issy on how she utlised Meet the Trainees networking events to achieve the role and her advice for making the most out of the opportunity.
Sam joined MDS in 2021 after graduating from the University of Reading. We spoke to the group 49 Trainee on how he has been able to utilise the skills he developed on his Geography degree to support Member businesses and the wider industry.
India joined MDS in 2021 after graduating from the University of St Andrews and just completed her first secondment with Fancy Plants. We spoke to the group 49 Trainee on how she has been able to utilise the skills she developed on her Geography degree on MDS.
Group 47 Trainee Emma is going into her final secondment on the MDS graduate scheme. After a 18 months on the programme, she has built up a wealth of knowledge on how to rise to the challenge of changeover. Here are her top tips!
Group 48 Trainee Shahrukh is halfway through his MDS journey and is entering his third secondment. Changing over between secondments can seem daunting at first but here's Shah's top advice on how to rise to the challenge!
Here's how Andra has been able to utilise the skills she developed on her Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations degree to support MDS Member businesses and the wider industry.
David is in his final MDS secondment, coming to the end of his two years on MDS. Here's how the group 46 Trainee has utilised the skills he developed on his Business and Marketing degree to support Member businesses and the wider industry.
Orla Matthews is in her final few months on the 2-year MDS graduate programme. She has demonstrated a true passion for the industry and has left a lasting impact at the Member organisations she has been seconded to.
In Emma's Greencell secondment role she has been able to take real responsibility and discover her potential in food and fresh produce. Find out more about fresh produce supplier Greencell and some of the best parts of Emma's role.
Engineering is a crucial to food production. On MDS we recruit Trainees from a huge range of degree categories. Here’s how group 48 Trainee, Ivan Erviti, utilised the skills he developed on his Engineering degree while on the MDS grad-scheme.
Engineering is crucial to food production. On the MDS grad scheme you will get the opportunity to experience a range of roles, regardless of your degree or experience. Here’s how Trainee Jordan has utilised the skills he developed on his Chemical Engineering degree while on the MDS grad scheme.
Ivan Erviti answers our questions on life as an MDS Trainee and where he sees his future leading as a Food Engineer.
Group 48 Trainee Shahrukh Farrakh has been on the MDS graduate scheme for 6 months where he has been able to experience 2 very different, challenging roles. Take a look at his vlog to find out what he had to say about his learnings, the challenging elements of the scheme and his proudest moments.
Group 47 Trainee, Emma has been on the MDS graduate scheme for over a year and is currently seconded at fruit and veg supplier Greencell, in a commercial role. To celebrate 1-year on the MDS graduate scheme, and reaching the halfway point, Emma reflected on her experience so far.
There’s a vast support network of Trainees on the MDS graduate scheme. The MDS Trainees in Action group (TAG) is run by Trainees for Trainees. The group offer a range of support via social events, professional development opportunities and online meet ups.
You don’t have to study agriculture or have experience in fresh produce to apply to the MDS graduate scheme! Here’s how group 49 Trainee, Sophie Reay utilised the skills she developed on her Psychology degree.
You don’t have to study agriculture or have experience in fresh produce to apply to the MDS graduate scheme! Here’s how group 46 Trainee, Weronika Pawlowska utilised the skills she developed on her Psychology degree.
Kent-based fruit grower and packer Adrian Scripps Ltd joined MDS in March 2020. Their first, Ruby, has a degree in Agri-Food Marketing and Business and is leading the integration of a new software system into the business.
James is from Harlow, Essex and studied at Writtle University College. He joined MDS in 2020 and is currently seconded at ISS as a Production support Manager. His first secondment was with Finsbury Foods as a Process Blueprint Project Coordinator, and in his next role James will be working at Protolan in Business Development and Marketing.
Interested in taking on the MDS challenge and starting your career in an exciting, fast-paced industry? Group 48 Trainee Shahrukh Farrakh explains how to make the most out of your MDS virtual interview/assessment. Remember to consider whether the scheme is really for you and whether you are up for the challenge before applying!
Interested in taking on the MDS challenge and starting your career in an exciting, fast-paced industry? Group 47 Trainee Emma Howes explains how to make the most out of your MDS application. Remember to consider whether the scheme is really for you and whether you are up for the challenge before applying!
Celia is from Spain and studied at Glasgow University. She joined MDS in 2019 and is currently on her final secondment at Syngenta Jealott’s Hill in Agile delivery. Her first secondment was with Accent Fresh as an afternoon shift supervisor in the operations department, followed by six months with Scottish Agronomy in communications.
To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we interviewed Ffion, a next-gen #FemaleFoodHero on her experience as a science graduate on the MDS scheme.
To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we interviewed Ishese, a next-gen #FemaleFoodHero on her experience as a science graduate on the MDS scheme.
How does your degree transfer to the food and fresh produce industry? The MDS Pathways series will interview Trainees from a range of academic disciplines to demonstrate that ambitious #futurefoodheroes can come from all subjects. To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we interviewed Celia, a next-gen #FemaleFoodHero on her experience on MDS as a science graduate.
Group 48 Trainee Matthew Welton organised an exclusive leadership session with Jonathan Parr.
Trainee Jack reflects on starting his MDS journey under lockdown.
Trainee Emma talks about starting her MDS journey and her hopes for the future.
Trainee Celia Robles Angel talks about her experiences at Scottish Agronomy with a video documenting her time there.
Read how three of our trainees have been maximising their experiences whilst on secondment with Syngenta by visiting the Fruit Logistica exhibition.
Alexandros talks about his time on MDS and where he hopes to go in the future.
Rebecca Charnley completed MDS in 2012 and is now working for an MDS Member.
Meet John. He's into all things food and fitness. He's also just started his third MDS secondment. Find out what he's been getting up to recently here.
Hannah Finch has just finihed MDS. Find out what her experience has been in this video.
Fernando is about to start his first role post-MDS as
Els Burton was lucky enough to be on holiday in the area of a supplier that her next secondment company work with and managed to organise a visit.
Dara is in her final secondment working at Aldi, find out more about her MDS journey here.
Ellie is in her first secondment at Frank Roberts and Sons Bakery. Here she tells us how it's going so far.
How many languages to our trainees speak?
Jonathan is a history graduate currently in his fourth secondment on MDS
Will is currently in his 4th secondment and about to finish MDS. Here he reflects on his experience so far.
Jo Cutler completed MDS in 2016 and now works at the Co-op. Read more about his story here.
Video from James Neilson who completed the scheme in 2006.
Cat Grey from Syngenta highlights their experience of MDS trainees and offers advice to businesses thinking about joining the scheme
John Gray of MDS Member Angus Soft Fruits tells us why they joined MDS.
Here's a handy little run through of the structure of the 2 year programme
Leyla Page, in her third secondment at Langmead Herbs, spoke to The Grocer about her experience in the food industry and on MDS.
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Environmental Science grad Sam answers some questions about the scheme
From geography graduate to MDS trainee..
Rob studied Business and Economics and is now completing MDS.
What career paths are possible after MDS? Alumni Alex Ouvry shares his experience.
The academic background of our trainees in a nutshell: varied!
Rebecca Charnley, MDS alumni and Commercial Manager at MDS Member Barfoots higlights just why investing in young people is key to the industry.
Find out what MDS Trainee Louise thinks of the scheme.
Trish McCarron from Worldwide Fruit answers some questions about MDS.
Sophie tells us about her MDS experience so far.
MDS trainee Rory Craig tells us about his MDS experience to date.
A snapshot of just some of the hundreds of products grown, moved and sold by our members.
Ryan Douglas, Biological Sciences graduate, tells us why and how he ended up pursuing a career in the food & fresh produce industry.
Christine Tacon, MDS Chair, discusses the range of MDS member companies and how they benefit from being part of MDS. #MDSFutures
Our trainees sum up what MDS means to them in just one word.
Sophie B answers some questions about her experiences as an MDS trainee.