Meet the Trainees: Save the Date

November 26, 2021

Meet the Trainees

We are delighted to announce that the next Meet the Trainees event will take place face to face. Join MDS, our high calibre Trainees and Members from across the entire food and fresh produce industry on Monday 17th January 2022. Promote your organisation to the ambitious future leaders of food and fresh produce.

The Venue

This year, the event will be held at the recently refurbished East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham. This state-of-the-art venue is the perfect space for Meet the Trainees, set within the beautifully landscaped parkland of Nottingham University’s Park Campus. Purpose-built and situated adjacent to the Orchard Hotel with excellent transport links and parking facilities, the event has been designed with the ease and comfort of Member organisations and Trainees in mind.

The Event

This highly anticipated industry event will be our first in-person Meet the Trainees in over 2 years and will be the first chance that many of our groups and Members have had to meet one another face to face. As a result of the rising demand for secondments and the ever increasing number of Trainees, we are asking that all Members represent their business at this event. With a lack in networking events over the last 2 years, this is a perfect opportunity to get stuck in and launch your business into 2022 to develop your leadership pipeline.

The Day

The day will be divided into two main sessions.  The first session will start at 10.00am where Members will be invited to join us for a forum delivered by Saffy Waterson, COO. The forum will discuss how we can increase our offering to Members, how we are investing in additional flexi-apprenticeships, where we have identified potential skills gaps and how this could benefit your business.

The second session will start after lunch. This will start with our awards which showcase excellence amongst our Trainees and Membership. After the awards, Members will be invited to promote their organisation via a 1 minute talk on their business, followed by our networking session.

During the networking session each Member will be offered an area around the periphery of the hall where they can use promotional materials, stands and pull up visuals to showcase their business to the future leaders of the food and fresh produce industry. Trainees will be encouraged to visit all the Members showcasing their business, secondments and any permanent roles they might have.

The Perfect Opportunity

With continued press coverage about the challenges in recruiting the right people, Meet the Trainees offers you the chance to promote your organisation as future focused and directly reach out to a pool of talented young professionals who are passionate about pursuing a career in food and fresh produce.

This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet and collaborate with like-minded MDS Member organisations and representatives across the entire industry. If you are Member company who is interested in attending our Meet the Trainees event please complete our sign-up form HERE. 

Spaces are filling up fast!