The University of Nottingham has invited FDM Group to attend their Women’s Networking Event to raise the profile of successful women in the corporate world and to demonstrate opportunities available to female graduates. In honour of International Women’s Day, FDM Recruitment Manager, Madeleine Field, will be encouraging female graduates to consider a career in IT.
This fantastic opportunity for FDM Group to network with current undergraduates from one of the UK’s top universities for Computer Sciences and IT related degrees, has further cemented FDM’s reputation as the ‘Best Technical Graduate Employer’ and the UK’s ‘Leading IT Graduate Employer.’ More over, it shows that FDM is recognised for its ongoing work to inspire women in the UK to join the IT industry.
Since launching their Women in IT campaign last year, FDM has been at the forefront of promoting and supporting women to consider a role in an extremely male dominated industry. Statistics published by the Office of National Statistics last week show that despite females often exceeding in IT related subjects in comparison to their male peers, only one percent of women who work are employed within skilled trades.
The same report shows that one fifth of graduates are left unemployed and more are being forced to take jobs that do not require a degree. Press Association today reported that TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said, “Raising the skills of UK workers must be accompanied with an industrial strategy focused on boosting high-value industries… otherwise public investment in education and the talents of UK graduates will be wasted.”
FDM Group prides itself on bridging the gap between education and employment by recruiting graduates from a variety of backgrounds, including engineering, mathematics, numerical sciences and finance, and training them in IT specific skills before sending them to work on technical placements with the company’s prestigious clients.
Despite FDM’s success so far, it is imperative for the company to continue encouraging more women to embark on IT careers in order to tackle preconceived perceptions and stereotypes, and increase graduate employment rates.
International Women’s Day is a day that FDM holds with the upmost respect and importance; women have come so far since the early 1900’s and it is the responsibility of current female professionals to continue to encourage change and alter the misconceptions of the IT industry.
FDM offers a range of diverse roles within the company and takes on 1000 graduates year on year, which is testament to its ongoing growth.
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