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IT services provider offers graduate trainee jobs

Published: Monday, 20 December 2010   Category: Work Experience

IT students may be finding it hard to secure a traditional graduate placement, but an IT services provider is increasing graduate places for those willing to undergo an intensive training programme.

FDM Group - which has over 200 clients around the world - trains graduates at its award-winning academy and recently revealed that it will be doubling the number of places next year.

According to chief executive Rod Flavell, successful applicants undergo 12 weeks of intensive training before working for one of the group's clients for the next two years.

"There is a bigger demand than ever for IT professionals as the baby boomer generation that powered early computing is retiring and needs to be replaced," Mr Flavell told the Guardian.

The chief executive likened the company's approach to a "long interview process".

He explained: "It gives us two years to decide whether trainees are worth investing in long term ... we can tolerate initial flaws and rely on potential. Most companies can't afford to do that."

Susan Hughes, a careers adviser with the government-funded service Next Step, told the Guardian that trainees on corporate graduate schemes benefit from developing their expertise in a particular area of IT, as well as gaining workplace experience.

She added: "Often, schemes will expose trainees to a range of projects enabling them to develop discipline, a sense of responsibility, and increased confidence and focus on their career."

FDM Group recently announced that a number of graduates on its academy programme in 2011 will be invited to undertake a fully paid Masters degree in applied computer science at the University of Brighton.

Find London graduate schemes with gradjobs.com

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