FDM Group graduate intake shoots to 1,000

FDM Group, the IT training and services provider, announced plans to double its graduate intake yet again, taking the total to 1,000 for next year.

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FDM Group, the IT training and services provider, announced plans to double its graduate intake yet again, taking the total to 1,000 for next year.

The graduates will be recruited across the UK, Europe and at its new US Graduate Academy in New York.

Nabila Salem, marketing manager at FDM, said: “A combination of acquiring 20 new clients in the past 12 months and extending our service delivery worldwide has led to a huge growth in client demand for IT consultants.

“This year we have reached our recruitment target of 500 and we shall continue to recruit due to the amount of highly skilled applicants we are receiving.”

FDM Group has more than 200 blue-chip clients in a wide range of industries, including HSBC, RBS, UBS and BSkyB.

In 2010, the company accepted 500 graduates onto its Academy Programme, which provides postgraduate training and industry experience for recruits. More than 20,000 graduates applied for the positions.

As 60 percent of FDM Group’s clients are in the financial sector, Nabila said that demand in this sector is “always high”. Other sectors with high demand include media, retail, insurance and telecommunications.

Skills that are popular, meanwhile, include those in project management and business analysis “to deal with the need for better project management methodologies,” Salem said.

In addition to its London, Manchester, Brighton, Zurich, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and New York offices, FDM recently opened a new office in Hong Kong, to serve its European and US clients who have offices in Asia, such as HSBC and UBS. There are currently over 30 consultants deployed in Hong Kong providing services in development, business analysis and application support.

FDM provides training for computing graduates to become IT consultants through the two-year FDM Master Class Programme. This includes 12 weeks’ free training in the core skills of UNIX, SQL, commercial awareness, as well as ‘soft’ skills, such as presentation skills. The graduates then become trainees in one of five areas, one of which is PMO. The other specialist areas are support, testing, development and infrastructure.  

Although graduates are not paid during the first 12 weeks, they are paid a minimum salary of £21,000 for the first year of the programme, and then a salary of £24,075 during the second year of the programme. They can also earn commission on billable hours, taking the salaries up to £23,000 and £27,000 for the first and second years, respectively.

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