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Updated December 2023.

About MDS

Company Overview
MDS is the UK’s foremost provider of management training for the food industry. Founded in 1986 as a not-for-profit membership organisation, we create a pipeline of well trained, capable leaders to work in all aspects of the food supply chain. Each MDS trainee completes an industry specific qualification alongside a series of challenging secondments with member companies. Our programmes last for 18 months to two years and at the end of each programme members have the opportunity to recruit trainees. In the last 35 years, every MDS alumnus has succeeded in gaining employment within the industry.
Company Size 110 UK-based Employees
INDUSTRY Manufacturing & Production
MDS Head Office

United Kingdom

Employee Demographics

  • <2 years - 88%
  • 2-5 years - 11%
  • 16-20 years - 1%

Company Culture at MDS

The employee experience below at MDS, compared to a typical company.

82% of employees at MDS say it is a great place to work*, compared to 54% of employees at a typical UK based company.
Typical Company
*Responses to the statement “Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work.” vs. a typical UK company.


This is a physically safe place to work.


I am offered training or development to further myself professionally.


When you join the company, you are made to feel welcome.


People here are treated fairly regardless of their age.


People here are treated fairly regardless of their sexual orientation.

Working at MDS

Trainees complete secondments at member businesses where they are given real responsibility and receive regular feedback
Trainees attending our annual conference and receiving their management qualifications
Trainees have the opportunity to take part in volunteering events. Recently they raised money for Yellow Wellies
Trainees receiving awards for excellence at our annual conference. Trainees are entered for internal and external awards
Trainees attend industry specific CPD events. This gives them the opportunity to learn more about the industry
Trainees attending a networking session with Leaders in the food production industry.
Social events are a big part of MDS. Trainees support each other on secondments and we have a trainee run social group

Best Workplaces Lists

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