The Civil Services is a group of government departments that support the delivery of government policies. The Civil service is politically impartial and will work alongside whichever party is in power. As a branch of government, the Civil Services impacts every aspect of daily life from transport to defence, environment to education. The role of the organisation is in delivering policy change across every aspect of life, meaning that there’s endless opportunity for varying roles within the Civil Service. As well as working in front line roles such as veterinary services, web developer, marine biologist or customer service advisor, your role may also include advising ministers and developing future policy based on research and experience.

“Offering access to roles in just about every government department, the Fast Stream opens up a huge range of opportunities for you to explore. And because we look at your talent, not your background, age or degree subject, there’s nothing to stand in your way.”

Keep your eye out for the Fast Track scheme opening during your graduate year and check out this video for more information about working for the Civil Service.

Management Development Services deliver a unique graduate scheme to develop future leaders in the environment and agriculture industry. The graduate scheme is made up of a partnership of businesses around the country, all united in the common goal to equip young people with the necessary skills and experience needed to quickly climb the ladder to senior leadership within the industry. The programme provides graduates with the opportunity to work in four distinct roles split amongst four different businesses, which allows you to diversify your skillset and knowledge of the industry. This experience, combined with obtaining a Level 5 Leadership and Management apprenticeship qualification through the programme, enables you to be well equipped for your future career. This qualification is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and is developed with the industry in mind, making it the perfect route for graduates motivated to succeed in the AgriFood environment. On top of this, you can also take advantage of an employee assistance programme, as well as several financial benefits to support you in your placements such as a relocation allowance.On the programme, you could be working with:
• GreenYard
• ALDI
• Branston
• BASF
• British Sugar
• Birds Eye
• Morrisons
• And many more…

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As one of 46 similar Wildlife trusts across the UK, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is one of the oldest trusts in the country. Since 1948 Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have been working to preserve the natural environment of the county by restoring natural habitats and promoting these values to the people of Lincolnshire. As part of this, Lincolnshire Wildlife trust runs a range of events and activities across the county, from art exhibitions to educational talks and workshops. The charity offers a variety of positions, including roles orchestrating their exciting projects or more hands-on roles on their nature reserves. On top of this, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust also offers a range of volunteering programmes that can give you some valuable experience working in conservation and events. If you’re looking for a career in an environmentally focused charity that works to promote their values to others, then Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust would be a brilliant organisation to work for.

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Utilising state-of-the-art facilities and a modern fleet of high-end vehicles, FreshLinc focuses on the logistical supply chain management of temperature controlled fresh products across the UK. Founded 25 years ago, FreshLinc’s roots are very much planted in the county of Lincolnshire with a head office in Spalding. Through its continued expansion and development, FreshLinc now has bases across the UK and offers international opportunities across Europe. A role in the transport and logistics industry offers a rewarding career as the industry is essential to the success of all economic sectors. This is especially true in Lincolnshire, which grows 30% of the nation’s vegetables – highlighting the pivotal role you could play in feeding the nation. The industry provides early management responsibility and opportunities to fast-track your career, with a diverse range of projects and objectives to take charge of – allowing you to develop as a multi-talented employee with a wealth of experience in different fields.

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Pilgrim’s UK is Britain’s largest provider of low cost, sustainably produced, high welfare pork. The organisation is part of Pilgrim’s Pride, which is the second-largest food company in the world. The organisation is involved in all processes of pork production, from farming to delivery. Operating in more than 100 countries, Pilgrim’s UK has a workforce of over 5,500 across 14 sites in the UK. Pilgrim’s UK is committed to its people, with safety, sustainability and quality as the foundations of their forward-looking business. Pilgrim’s UK is committed to supporting their staff to reach their full potential by offering extensive development opportunities and resources to support staff success. Pilgrim’s UK are also committed to the wellbeing of their staff and offer an impressive wellbeing platform that can be accessed at any time, on top of more common benefits such as an impressive discount platform and a generous pension programme.

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With a dedication to excellence and innovation, Branston is a major producer of fresh and prepared potatoes, and vegetables. The company focuses heavily on consumer research and data analysis to provide innovative solutions for consumer demands. To strive for quality at all levels, Branston is one of the members of Management Development Services’ graduate programme, giving you the opportunity to work with Branston as part of the scheme. (button here for Management Development Services synopsis) Branston has plenty to offer for graduates on the programme, and outside of it by investing in their people – supporting those with the drive to improve with nationally recognised courses and accreditations. Employees have expressed a great level of satisfaction working at Branston, thanks to their ‘no-day-is-the-same’ ethos, and the strong investment into career development. Fact: Branston handle around 350,000 tonnes of potatoes per year, making them one of the biggest distributors in the UK!

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Greenyard is a global leader in fresh, frozen and prepared foods, taking recently harvested fruit and veg and conserving them so that households across the planet can enjoy fresh and healthy diets. Operating in Lincolnshire with a focus on their fresh and frozen divisions, in Spalding and Boston respectively, Greenyard is active in more than 20 countries. Sustainability is at the heart of what Greenyard does, but not only in the development of its products. The company have worked hard to build sustainable food chains, as well as decrease their carbon footprint – improving the sustainability of their business from field to fork. Greenyard has developed an environment for their employees that encourages their development to produce a quality crop of talented workers who share their passions for sustainability. With several sites within Lincolnshire, Greenyard makes an excellent employer for graduates interested in working within a company that provides products for leading retailers across the globe. Utilising their networks, Greenyard offers roles in a variety of fields, including marketing, sales, logistics, or even research and development – meaning that whatever your passion and skillset, there is a place for you in the agriculture industry at Greenyard.  Fact: Greenyard has a presence well outside of Lincolnshire – producing over 2 million tons of fresh fruit & vegetables and 780,000 tons of frozen & prepared products across over 20 countries.

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Elsoms Seeds are prime traders and breeders in agricultural seeds and have remained at the forefront of their market since their inception over 175 years ago. The company has seen remarkable success and received many prestigious awards for the excellent products they produce. Elsoms is not only involved in farming, a substantial portion of the company is also focused on active research into the breeding of specialised seeds to investigate how best to reduce crop waste and promote sustainability. The business does this by supporting PhD students through active research collaborations. As an employer that aims to be a pioneer of the industry, Elsoms is dedicated to its values of specialism, integrity, and building relationships. Elsoms is a unique employer that may challenge the expectations of graduates and continually push them through active research and environmental management. Offering roles from machine maintenance to seed research specialisms, Elsoms have a lot to offer for anyone looking to start their career in an area of the industry you may not have expected!

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Founded in 2017, Arden Biotechnology is a biological research organisation centred on agriculture and livestock, making it a pioneer in Lincolnshire’s Agri-Tech research community. The company strives to optimise innovative technology to further its sector-leading research in antimicrobial alternatives, providing essential findings for meat production across the county. Arden Biotechnology is a pioneer in Lincolnshire’s Agri-Tech and industrial research community. As a strong believer in collaboration, Arden Biotechnology works with partners around the world in a joint pursuit to develop a biocontrol that prevents poultry disease. Due to their rapid expansion, Arden is always on the look for graduates to join their team in scientific and non-scientific roles. A career at Arden Biotechnology would enable you to make a real difference in the Agri-Food industry, for a rapidly growing organisation that invests in its employees.

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Eurofins Scientific is an international life sciences company that provides a unique range of analytical testing services to make life and the environment safer, healthier, and more sustainable. They are a world leader in food, environment, pharmaceutical testing, with an added speciality in AgroScience clinical research. Operating a food and water testing plant in Grimsby, Eurofins is looking for students and graduates for paid placements and full-time roles from diverse disciplines, from science and engineering, to finance, IT, HR and communications. Eurofins assist colleagues in their professional and personal development through their e-learning platform, the Eurofins Academy. The company’s two-year management training programme is designed to challenge you and help you be the best version of yourself – putting you on the fast track to running your own business unit within the company.

FACT: In a little over 30 years, Eurofins has grown from one laboratory in Nantes, France, to more than 800 laboratories worldwide – employing over 50,000 staff across a network of more than 900 independent companies in over 50 countries.

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