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About the programme 

What is a technology or business consultant?

An FDM Consultant works in collaboration with an FDM client on specific projects, either as part of an outsourced team or to supplement an existing one. Consultants will be selected by specific clients for an agreed amount of time to plan and develop business or technology systems as well as provide expert advice related to their specialty. Consultancy is often seen as a flexible career, as projects consultants are assigned to can differ in duration from a few months to multiple years. This can lead to opportunities to travel and a variety of exciting assignments across a range of industries.  

What is the FDM Graduate Careers Programme?

The FDM Graduate Careers Programme consists of foundation training followed by an individual learning pathway, during which trainees will gain the skills required to become an FDM Consultant working on-site with our clients. We have training academies across Europe, North America and APAC, where we will provide you with fast-tracked skills development to launch your career in technology and business. Upon completion of your training, you will be placed on our client sites where you will work with their teams to provide services.  The duration of the FDM Graduate Careers Programme is least two years from the date of your first client placement and, as such, you will provide services to one or more of our clients over this period.   

Is it essential for me to have an IT degree?

We welcome candidates from a range of academic backgrounds including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We also accept applications from non-STEM graduates who can demonstrate a passion for working in the tech industry, particularly for our business pathways.

What if I already have IT accreditations or qualifications that FDM offers?

Any previous experience, qualification or accreditation will help you in your journey with FDM and long-term career. However, all candidates are required to successfully complete every component of our assessment process and their specific training pathway, so that we can confidently recommend them to our clients.  

What support will I be getting during the programme?

Throughout your journey with FDM, you will receive continuous mentoring, coaching and guidance from our internal teams and various support and development initiatives. These include: 

Consultant Experience: Our Consultant Experience Team work to ensure that all FDM consultants have the proper resources, training and support needed to be successful on-site. This team also works closely with our Consultant Peer Support Network, which is comprised of a group of FDM consultants who will provide you with further guidance as you embark on your career journey. 

Mentoring Programme: The Mentoring Programme matches consultants with senior employees across the business based on their career aspirations. The initiative is designed to help our employees unlock their full potential and to provide support for long-term career development. The programme is online, allowing matches to be made throughout our global organisation. 

Consultant Collaboration Platform (Yammer): Yammer provides FDM employees with a virtual platform to connect and socialise with each other. Here consultants will find useful policies and resources as well as join a variety of groups to keep up to date with upcoming events, learning and development opportunities and more. 

Employee Networks: FDM has six employee-led networks which focus on providing our staff with opportunities to enhance their career development and personal growth through supportive communities, open discussions and learning initiatives. Click here to find out more about each network. 

Online Learning and Development: Virtual training, webinars and discussions are available to all FDM consultants, as well as e-learning platforms including LinkedIn Learning and Intuition Know-How. 

Can I drop out of the programme once I have started the training period?

We understand that a two-year commitment requires careful consideration, and this is why we have a 14-day introductory period that begins on your first day of training. During this two-week period, you can leave the programme if you decide that it is not the right fit for you. 

When do I get start getting paid? 

In our UK centres, you become a paid employee from day one of your placement on client site. 

Assessment and Interviews  

What do the Online Tests and Final Stage Interviews involve?

The Online Test and Final Stage Interviews enable us to find out more about your attitude, strengths and motivations for becoming a successful technology or business consultant, as well as your potential to thrive during training and represent us on prestigious client sites. It is also an opportunity for you to learn more about FDM’s culture and ensure that, if you are successful, FDM is the right choice for you. 

As part of the process, you will be asked to complete a Numerical Reasoning Test, Set Notation and Ven Diagrams Test, IT Aptitude Test and Verbal Reasoning Test. Upon successful completion of the online tests, you will be invited to the Final Stage Interviews. The day involves an introductory presentation about FDM and three strength-based interviews with FDM Managers from various departments within the business.  

How frequently do you hold Final Stage Interviews?

Run Final Stage Interviews on a weekly basis. We recruit year-round with course start dates throughout the year, so our Interview Days run on a weekly basis. 

Training 

Will I have to pay for my training?

The training you will receive is fully funded by FDM as long as you commit to work for us for at least two years after completing your training. The training period is unpaid and you will receive a salary when you start your first placement as an FDM Consultant. If you leave FDM before you have been employed for two years, we may require you to pay for a proportion of your training, but this will depend on the circumstances. 

Where will I train?

Training takes place at one of our FDM Academies in London, Leeds or Glasgow. Due to COVID-19, training is currently being delivered through our online classrooms. Read more about our COVID-19 preparations here 

What training will I receive?

Your background, experience and performance at the Final Stage Interviews will determine which training stream you are best suited for. To learn more, you can read about the training and opportunities here or contact our Recruitment Team for a full course breakdown.  

Post training/On client site

What happens after I complete my training?  

You will have the opportunity to interview with our clients in the time leading up to completion of your training, after which, you will be available for placement on client sites. Your first day placed on-site marks the beginning of your two-year commitment as an FDM Consultant. During these two years, you could be placed on one or more of our client sites. 

What companies will I be working with?

FDM works with prestigious clients in a variety of industries including Finance, Insurance and the Public Sector. Our Account Managers will work to evaluate roles with our clients that will align with your skills and help you thrive in your career journey. You may end up working with the same client throughout your two-year commitment, or you may be placed on various client sites during that time. 

What type of projects will I be working on as a full-time consultant?

The projects that you will be involved in will depend on the programme you undertake and the client that you are placed with. To learn more, watch the career stories of other consultants who have completed your programme or contact our Recruitment Team. 

Is there a guarantee that I will get be placed with a client once I complete the training?

There is never a 100% guarantee, but we will not offer you a role on the programme unless we feel confident that you have the potential to be placed with one of our clients. Your interviews with clients begin while you are still in training, with the aim to have your client placement lined up before completion of training or just shortly after. 

After the Two-year Commitment:  

What happens at the end of the two years?

After the two-year commitment, FDM consultants typically have three options: 

  1. Remain with FDM as a senior consultant with the opportunity to work directly with our clients. Senior FDM consultants can also be considered for internal roles within the business.   
  1. Secure a full-time position with FDM’s client. 
  1. Walk away to pursue higher education, self-interests, or other employment opportunities.  

Regardless of the path you take, all former FDM consultants are invited to be a part of FDM’s Alumni Network where they will have the opportunity to further advance their careers by building relationships with other experienced tech professionals, as well as connecting with thousands of other people who are just starting their career through the programme. 

Please contact enquiries@fdmgroup.com with any additional questions and one of our Recruiters will respond to your enquiry shortly. 

 

What is involved in the assessment day?

Our assessment days are there to allow us to get to know you whilst also allowing you to get to find out more about FDM and what we have to offer. We aim to find out more about your skills and experience through a mixture of interviews, discussions, group tasks and a knowledge test; all while encouraging you to ask questions. We will show you around the academy so you can find out more about our training and placements.

What experience do I need?

The programme is open to anyone, male or female, who has taken a voluntary career break of more than one year. We look for experience in business analysis, project support or project management as well as a strong aptitude and interest in business.

What will be my hours of work during training?

The hours of training will be from 09:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday over a seven-week period. Whilst there is much to learn, we have reduced the hours from our normal academy times to allow you to readjust.

Where will I be placed?

We will ensure that your placements are no more than a one hour commute of the FDM academy. On the Getting Back to Business Programme, we do not ask you to be geographically flexible, but you may choose to be considered for other locations.

What will be my hours of work once I am placed onsite?

Our hours of work are generally 09:00 – 17:30, but like all areas of business you may be asked to show some flexibility around start and finish times when on site with a client. Some of our clients may offer more flexible working hours than others.

What does it mean to have continuous start dates? Can I choose when I start?

We have several start dates throughout the year in London, Glasgow and Leeds. Even if you have attended an assessment centre for a particular start date, should you be successful, you may be offered some flexibility as to when you join the programme.

What type of projects will I be working on as a full time consultant?

You will have the opportunity to work across various sectors such as finance, banking, media and the public sector in business analysis or project management type roles. Some of our consultants are currently working in stakeholder management, risk, regulation and compliance. Our account managers’ look to place you with clients where your skills will be best utilised.

Why is the training flexible and not the employment?

The training is flexible to accommodate personal commitments. This way we ensure everyone benefits from the business and technical training that we offer.

Can I opt out of the programme once I have started the training period?

Making the decision to go back to work can be difficult. You may not truly know if you are ready to step back into the workplace until you start the programme; that is why we have a two week cooling off period once you start training. Once you have finished training, you are free to leave the programme after 90 days if you have not been placed with one of our clients.

What benefits will I receive during the two-year programme?

You will receive a competitive starting salary, professional and technical training to facilitate you in your return to the workplace, and the security of knowing that you have a full time job for two years. You will work on-site with one of our prestigious clients, helping to fast track your career progression and ease you back into business.

Is there a guarantee that I will get a job once I complete the training?

There is never a 100% guarantee, but we will not offer you a role on the programme unless we feel that you have the potential to be placed with one of our clients. If you are successful, you will be placed either during training or within the 90-day period once the training is complete. We try and ensure that you undertake a minimum of four weeks training before you are placed on site, but if you are ready and the client wants you, your placement could happen earlier.

What are my options after the two year period?

At the end of the two year period, you have three options available to you. The first is to continue with FDM as a consultant, this could be with either an existing or new client. The second option may be to transition to one of our clients as a permanent employee. As a final option, you may choose to go your own way and look for employment elsewhere.

What support will I be getting during the programme?

During your time with FDM there will be on-going mentoring, coaching and support available to you. All of our training focuses on helping you to transition back into the workplace with the skills and confidence that you require. Once on site, we will continue to offer you support as and when it is required.

What support will I be getting during the programme?

During your time with FDM there will be on-going mentoring, coaching and support available to you. On larger client sites, we have Consultant Peer Support network whereby you will be helped to settle in your new role by another FDMer who has been onsite for a while. We also offer ongoing professional development with tools such as LinkedIn Learning as well as a mentoring scheme designed to help support you in your career goals. You will also have a contact in the HR team assigned to you as well as your account manager and the full support of the Ex-Forces Team to ensure you succeed.