Latest fresh produce graduates head off for careers in industry

Fresh produce graduates - image:Harper Adams University
Fresh produce graduates - image:Harper Adams University
Newly-qualified fresh produce managers graduated at a ceremony at Shropshire’s Harper Adams University on Friday 12 July.

The 16 graduates have spent the last two years completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Food and Fresh Produce Management delivered by Management Development Services (MDS) and accredited by Harper Adams.

The two-year course, which yielded its first graduates in 2009, combines training, personal development and secondments with four employers, each lasting about six months.

MDS chairman Doug Henderson said: "All our trainees have been offered good jobs within our industry – a record that MDS has maintained during these troubled economic times."

The latest graduates have secured positions with fresh fruit suppliers Berry Gardens, Mansfields and Empire World Trade as well as supermarkets M&S and Tesco.

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