FDM Group, the IT training and services provider, has doubled its recruitment targets for 2010 due to increased client demand.
The group has more than 200 clients, mainly companies in the financial services sector. These include RBS, HSBC, UBS, Citigroup and Credit Suisse, as well as BSkyB, Logica and Reuters.
FDM recruited 245 graduates into the FDM Academy in 2009, and aims to recruit around 500 this year. Recruitment takes place all year round.
“The target for intake was 400 and has gone up to 500 this year,” said Nabila Salem, marketing manager at FDM, who said that the company is recruiting two and a half times more than IBM, and 25 times more than Microsoft, in the UK this year.
“Last year we gained over 20 new clients, so demand [for IT consultants] is tremendously high at the moment.”
She added: “We have had 16,000 applications so far and we need more.”
According to Salem, FDM has seen an increased demand due to companies in the financial services sector investing more in IT security. However, she also believes that there has been particularly high demand for graduates with the company’s latest qualification, Project Management Office (PMO), because companies are investing more in thoroughly planning IT projects before carrying them out.
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.
“If they choose to stay with FDM, by their fourth year they could be earning around £60,000 as one of our consultants,” said Genna Singpo, spokesperson for the company.
FDM Group currently runs training academies in London, Manchester and Brighton, but is looking to expand with plans to open academies in New York and continental Europe by the end of the year.
“We’ll be training locals and placing them there,” said Salem. However, any British graduates eligible to work in the US or Europe can also apply to the new academies.
Hewlett-Packard last week announced the creation of 700 new IT services jobs at its Renfrewshire base in Scotland by 2014.
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