IT training and services provider FDM Group has joined forces with the University of Brighton to launch a new and fully-funded masters degree in applied computer science, which promises to offer a "fast-track career progression".
The FDM Master Class Programme will begin in January 2011. FDM and Brighton University said they were committed to tackling the IT skills shortage, by providing a combination of postgraduate training and commercial expertise with large companies, including HSBC, BSkyB, RBS and UBS.
Brighton-based FDM will offer the MSc free of charge to successful candidates. It will then be in pole position to place them in jobs.
FDM aims to recruit 1,000 graduates onto its Academy Programme in 2011, and a number of these will be selected for the Master Class Programme.
Sam Rhodes, the university’s head of careers, said, “By working for FDM, graduates can gain an insight into the workings of a large organisation and improve their employability skills, whilst gaining valuable commercial experience.”
Sheila Flavell, chief operating officer at FDM, said, “We are passionate about training graduates to kick-start their careers within IT and finance and we will continue to encourage graduates to pursue a career in the IT sector.”
Earlier this year, City University in London launched a new masters degree for for professionals who have some management experience, but who want to climb further up the ladder by encouraging innovation.
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