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FDM Group Continues to Battle Catch-22 Culture

05-07-2011 11:55 AM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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Following Nick Clegg’s criticism of unpaid internships and their impact on social mobility, a national debate on what is often the only option for graduates has ensued.

According to a YouGov survey carried out on behalf of Internocracy, 17% of businesses confessed to using interns as a form of cheap labour throughout the recession, despite the fact that 95% of the UK managers who responded agreed that interns were "useful to their organization."

But not all companies are seeking to exploit bright graduates throughout this time of economic turmoil.

Award winning international IT services provider FDM Group works to overcome the Catch-22 hurdle of qualifications without experience that so many University leavers face.

Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer at FDM said, “Here at FDM we realise 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.“

Not only does the company offer a fast track 12-16 week training programme which provides graduates with practical qualifications, FDM also works to place graduates into roles within one or more of the 200 blue chip companies it is proud to call clients.

Brian Pitts said, “Although I had good academic qualifications, I found it very difficult to get the kind of development job I wanted without work experience. FDM provided both the training and the experience I needed. I’ve worked in roles that I’d never be able to get without FDM’s backing.”

But what makes FDM’s ethos stand out from the crowd is its ability to offer graduates the stability of a competitive salary for 2 years once training is complete and a placement has been achieved.

The company, which has launched over 2,500 graduate careers to date, now also offers a fully funded MSc in Applied Computer Science in partnership with the University of Brighton. This latest initiative further aids passionate graduates in achieving valuable qualifications whilst working within prestigious companies and receiving a worthy salary.

The largest IT graduate employer in the UK continues to grow and aims to expand its graduate intake to 1,000 in 2011. For more information please visit


For more information and high res images please contact Sheira Gorris at

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. 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.

Sheira Gorris
Lanchester House, Trafalgar Place, Brighton, BN1 4FU

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