With offices in Glasgow, London, Leeds and Birmingham, FDM Group is the UK’s leading graduate IT employer – helping more than 1,200 graduates into work each year.
The business specialises in securing work for graduates, ex-forces personnel, and those looking to return to work after a career break – training them to become IT or business professionals before deploying them to client sites around the world.
As a business, FDM understands the importance of equipping young people with the necessary skills to enjoy and engage with STEM subjects from an early age. Throughout the UK, the team works with schools to help cultivate the technologists of tomorrow, creating and inspiring exciting careers that shape the world’s digital future.
Throughout 2019, the team at FDM Glasgow has been working hard to develop a partnership with St. Margaret Mary’s School in Castlemilk. Over the past five months, groups of S2 pupils have been visiting FDM’s city-centre office to participate in a day of skills and work-based learning – an invaluable initiative that will equip them with some of the skills they may need to succeed in entering and succeeding in the workplace.
'I have learnt how to be more confident in doing presentations and also how to code – I had a great day’, a St. Margaret Mary’s student explains.
Lynn McPhee, FDM’s Academy Manager, understands the importance of early education and we caught up with her to gain more information on FDM’s schools engagement:
“We have been working with Glasgow City Council and DYW Glasgow to create a schools partnership. This has involved S2 pupils from St Margaret Mary’s School coming into our office for a day to learn new skills that will be useful in the world of work, including CV writing, presentation skills and interview preparation techniques.
“A big part of what we aim to do is encourage more young people to think about a career in IT and STEM related subjects. As well as offering work-based skills, the S2 pupils have been spending time with our technical trainers to learn how to build and create a functioning web page. These are tangible and practical skills that can give them their first insight into a work environment.
“What we’ve noticed is that the pupils leave with so much more confidence than they had at the start of the day. They also have a much clearer idea of what work in the tech industry might involve. It has been so inspiring for the whole team to spend time with innovative young people and to assist them on their work journey.”
FDM also work closely with all Scottish universities and regularly attend careers fairs. The academy team go into universities to help young people with skills they might need on their job-finding path, such as CV writing and interview skills.
For more information, visit https://www.fdmgroup.com/