MDS Graduate Scheme - Midlands

deadline - 48 hours



If you would like to apply, all you need to do is fill out our 30 minute online application form. We read every application individually so candidates are more likely to achieve a successful outcome if they research MDS before applying.

About us

The Fresh Produce and Food industry 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 is a non-for-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 55 businesses which continues to grow year on year. The collaboration of MDS and industry leading businesses has fast-tracked the career of over 500 graduates.

The Role

MDS offers a unique challenge beyond other graduate schemes. The two-year programme is a rotation of four roles in a variety of businesses. Each member provides two six-month placements a year, and MDS match trainees to placements to give each person the broadest possible opportunity and experience. This allows trainees to proactively explore their strengths, motivation, and ideal fit without making a long-term commitment to one role or business.

MDS is a training and development programme which is inclusive of all degree disciplines and experience. Our trainees demonstrate strong leadership potential and are highly motivated and hardworking. MDS not only offers roles with real responsibility, but a Level 5 qualification accredited by the Chartered Management Institute in Leadership and Management.

The value of a trainee is emphasised by the support given throughout their development. A trainee has access to an experienced mentor to support all different aspects of the programme and to help trainees reach their full potential. This potential is reflected in recent statics, showing that MDS has a 98% retention rate for trainees completing the graduate scheme and 100% of MDS trainees, who complete the programme, are offered full time employment in the industry.

What requirements do graduates need to meet to apply?

  • To be eligible for consideration, you should:
  • Have achieved (or expect to achieve) at least a 2:1 degree in any subject, although in exceptional circumstances we will consider candidates with a 2:2
  • Have a driving licence and use of a car by the time you start MDS
  • Be eligible to work in the UK
  • Be prepared and able to relocate every six months.

Salary and or benefits

  • £22, 000 for Trainees in the 1st year and £23,000 for Trainees in the 2nd year
  • Relocation allowance
  • 28 days holiday
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Interest free starter loan

Application Process

We recruit 50+ graduates each year, with cohorts starting in October and April. You can apply at any time, and we interview for positions throughout the year. There are three stages of the application process:

1) Website Application

2) Telephone Interview

3) Assessment Centre Day

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MDS is a unique collaboration of industry leading businesses that develops highly motivated and hardworking graduates, who demonstrate strong leadership potential in the Food and Fresh Produce industry.

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