International IT services provider, FDM Group, is launching a new Veterans Program, aimed at providing post-service training and employment for the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
The esteemed graduate employer has long been working to overcome the catch-22 hurdle of qualifications without experience, that so many University leavers currently face.
Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group, Sheila Flavell, said, “Here at FDM we realize how difficult it is for graduates, especially those seeking to break into the IT sector, to land a paid role without experience. Our aim is to bridge this gap between academia and employment, aiding graduates with valuable skills as well as paid experience.“
The company is renowned for its award-winning graduate program, which provides graduates with a unique combination of industry centered training and real commercial experience.
Successful applicants to the firm’s graduate scheme are provided with circa 12-16 weeks of technical training before being placed onsite within one or more FDM’s 200 prestigious clients for a minimum of two years. These include some of the world’s largest financial and banking institutions.
With headquarters in the UK and offices throughout Europe and Asia, FDM opened the doors to its new NYC Training Academy, located in JP Morgan’s former Penthouse on 14 Wall Street, in April of this year.
Within short order, FDM signed a lease to nearly double the size of the office and Academy spaces and looks forward to assisting many more American graduates in their quest to kick-start their IT careers.
In a bid to aid ex-servicemen and women FDM is tailoring its graduate scheme, which has supported over 3,000 graduates to date, by launching a veteran program across the tri-state area.
The FDM VP of North America, Brandt Rousseaux, said, “As a 20 year veteran of the US Coast Guard I am incredibly pleased to compliment our Academy Program for undergraduates with an equally important program for qualified military members who have served our country honorably and many times with great sacrifice. These men and women are bright, committed and eager to start the next chapter of their lives and FDM is keen to help facilitate that transition.”
The firm kicked off its initiative on November 8th at the U.S.S. Intrepid with the “Be A Hero, Hire A Hero” Veterans Career Fair and is committed to welcoming a significant percentage of veteran applicants onto its program by the end of 2012.
The specially designed scheme aims to provide veterans with the real world training needed to launch an IT career, as well as securing them a placement with one of the major financial institutions in New York.
FDM is also delighted to be sponsoring the “Wall Street Rocks For Veterans” event, which will take place on December 6th at the Irving Center with proceeds going to The Wounded Warrior Project and ReserveAid.
Some of the company’s key clients are among the list of sponsors who are firmly committed to helping those who served our nation.
The firm looks forward to working closely with veterans through this program and is calling for ex-servicemen and women who are interested in launching IT careers to apply to the scheme. Rousseaux added, “It is fitting that the very first FDM Consultant to be placed from our Wall Street office was a former Marine. We are very much energized by this new venture and look forward to receiving many applications from these courageous men and women. Our clients are equally excited and have added to the momentum that is inevitable with a program such as this.”
For more information on the FDM graduate program please visit www.fdmacademy.com/us
FDM Group is an international IT Services Provider specializing in six core service areas: Project Management Office, Application Support, Development, Testing and Infrastructure. Renowned for service excellence, FDM supplies effective and innovative IT solutions to over 200 blue-chip clients worldwide. With offices in the UK, Europe and the USA, FDM has shown exponential growth throughout the years and has firmly established itself as an award-winning IT Services Provider.
FDM Academy is a division of FDM Group, responsible for launching the IT careers of 3,000 graduates worldwide, for over 21 years. The Academy’s award-winning Program consists of approximately 12-16 weeks of skills development followed by two years employment and is designed to provide both the practical skills and business awareness required in today’s demanding workplace.