FTSE 250 professional services firm FDM Group will hire over 2,000 new IT trainees globally as part of a major new recruitment drive.
FDM Group said that it had seen a sharp increase in applications for the programme, with 1,500 IT trainee hopefuls applying already this year. The plans were also announced after FDM saw a surge in demand for its consultants.
Key specialisms requested in the last few months include DevOps, data skills, digital transformation expertise, as well as information security and cloud computing specialists.
The training programme aims to build “skills and confidence” to aid graduates in future careers in IT. Once the programme is complete, graduates will be given the choice to train as a Project Support Officer or a Business Analyst or be placed ‘on-site’ with FDM Group clients.
FDM’s announcement comes a week after an Accenture report stating that the importance of UK firms prioritising technology innovation in their business to enable new ways, create new interactions and experiences and to improve health and safety, as well as hiring and training of new staff.
As well as this, the announcement coincides with the launch of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, which is a celebration of the “benefits apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy”.
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Speaking to TechRound, Rod Flavell, CEO at FDM Group commented: “The Covid-19 outbreak sent shockwaves through the global business community, forcing many employers to scale back operations and shift to a remote working model to adhere to social distancing rules.
“One year on, with the vaccine programme in full swing and infection rates declining, businesses are raring to go, with plans to build back better and drive a major economic recovery. Digital skills sit at the very heart of this mission, enabling businesses to operate efficiently, adapt to new market conditions and transform customer services.
“Already this year we’ve received 1,500 job applications from candidates looking for a career in technology. Our recruitment teams have been inundated with CVs, and we’re aiming to hire at least 2,000 new recruits this year across our business.
“If you’re looking for a career in the technology industry, there has never been a better time to put your name forward, with digital skills being a must-have for ambitious companies looking to reboot, rebuild and grow again.”
The company said that around one-third of the new hires will be in the UK, with the remaining being split across the firm’s other offices in the US and APAC regions.