The University of Southampton


Description of FDM Group

FDM Group is an international IT Services Provider specialising in six core service areas: Project Management Office, Application Support, Development, Testing, Infrastructure and Training. Renowned for service excellence, FDM supplies effective and innovative IT solutions to over 200 blue-chip clients worldwide. Above all, we understand the sectors in which we work, and are dedicated to keeping up with technological developments and industry trends. Some of our clients we have serviced include: HSBC, RBS, Barclays, UBS, BBC, BSkyB and Logica.

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.

Our Graduate Training

FDM's Master Class Programme enables fast-track career progression into the IT industry, through technical and professional skills development combined with commercial experience. Our specialised training streams take approximately twelve weeks to complete, followed by the opportunity to gain industry recognised certifications.

As industry experts, FDM is able to provide you with the most commercially relevant IT training; introducing you to technologies and skills that are being utilised today within some of the largest companies in the world. The programme is designed to equip you with specialist expertise, soft skills and business awareness, crucial for the success of your IT career.

With FDM, graduates earn between £21,000-23,000 in their first year. In their second year graduates earn between £24,000-27,000. After their second year, the sky is their limit. The average salary for graduates after four years working with FDM is £63,000.

Training is full time, in-house and mile stone orientated. You will be in a business environment working closely with other like-minded individuals, and will benefit from the on-going support of FDM's experienced trainers.

Career development

To date, the FDM Academy has helped over 2,000 individuals launch their IT career through our unique Master Class Programme. By combining specialised IT training, with high-profile roles within large, prestigious organisations, FDM has created an inspired formula for career success.

Our training streams will help you become a:

  • Java Developer
  • .Net Developer
  • Software Test Analyst
  • Infrastructure Support Analyst
  • Application Support Analyst
  • Project Analyst

FDM is able to enhance your technical skills, business skills and commercial awareness, bridging the gap between university and employment. We are committed to giving you the best possible start, by preparing you well and supporting you thoughout your new career.

Application Process

In order to embark on the Master Class Programme, you have to pass a two and a half day Technical Assessment, which is completed on-site at one of FDM's training academies. The technical tutorial will involve a task that can be completed in any of the given technologies: UNIX Shell Scripting, Java, C# or C++. However, we do not expect you to be an expert.

This assessment is designed to measure your ability to learn and apply practices and strategies, in order to complete the task in the most effective way. If your strengths lie outside of these technologies, let us know and we may be able to accommodate. In addition, you will be required to take part in a group activity and deliver a short presentation.

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