FDM helps over 837 ex-forces into tech careers

01/07/2024

 FDM Group, a leading business and tech consultancy, FDM Group has recently been ranked 13th in the Great British Employers of Veterans 2024. There were 150 applications from companies who support veterans. Being placed 13th highlights FDM’s exceptional commitment to those who have served in the Armed Forces.

FDM received five nominations including: Advocate of the Year (Organisation) – FDM; Advocate of the Year (individual) – Rod Flavell, CEO FDM Group; Innovator of the Year – William Dobell; Rising Star – Alex Rennie and New Service Leaver of the Year – Sarah Gibb.

FDM Group CEO Rod Flavell won the Advocate of the year award for his commitment to the employment of military personnel, whilst FDM Alumni Alex Rennie, currently working as a Project Manager for a large energy company, won the Rising Star Award.

FDM Group established their Ex-Forces Programme (EFP) in 2014. To date over 837 ex-forces have been through the EFP which recruits from all ranks across the three services and fully supports their transition into meaningful second careers.

FDM provides a soft landing for those leaving the forces; recruited as permanent FDM employees they are coached through a series of IT, Change and PM practices before being placed with one of FDM’s clients. In addition, the ex-forces team provide support to each individual to ensure their success in the commercial world.

Additionally, FDM attended the Scottish Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2024 and was highly commended in the Employer of the Year category. Individual commendations went to Karen Campbell – New Service Leader of the Year, Mark McLauchlin, Innovator of the Year, Sandy Campbell – Military Values in Business, and David Jarvis – Inspiration of the Year.

Colonel Stewart Sharman (Retired) MBE, Global Head of Veterans at FDM Group, said: “We’re immensely proud of our efforts to support service leavers transitioning into new careers. Veterans bring a variety of skills from their military service, allowing them to adapt and excel in any environment. Their deep understanding of team dynamics and the ability to identify and leverage both individual and team strengths, significantly enhance any business. We empower veterans to harness the skills and experience gained in the forces and with their proven capacity to perform under pressure, it has been gratifying as to how well the programme has been received across our client base.

Rod Flavell, CEO at FDM Group, commented: “FDM prides itself on ensuring veterans have the right skills to be successful across a range of technical and business opportunities. This is why we are thrilled to be ranked 13th in the Great British Employers of Veterans Awards, as well as commended as Employer of the Year at the Scottish British Ex-Forces in Business Awards 2024. I am personally honoured to be recognised as Advocate of the year as this highlights the success of our Ex-Forces programme, as well as how adaptable well-trained service personnel are in the forces and how those skills can be transferred into any industry. Tech is often perceived as having a high barrier to entry but reskilling and upskilling can help break down those barriers and set people up for a successful career in the corporate world.”

FDM also works closely with a number of partner organisations, including Walking with the Wounded and The Wounded Warrior Project who support veterans.

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