Software Development
Graduate Programme

Providing training, support and invaluable real world commercial experience working as a Software Developer or Engineer


Why choose the FDM Software Development Graduate Programme?

The FDM Software Development and Engineering Graduate Scheme combines expert training and support programmes with professional experience working as an FDM Consultant with our leading clients.

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in a number of languages such as Python, Java, .Net and JavaScript frameworks; work on Cloud platforms such as Azure and learn about different development practices such as DevOps and Agile working. Once trained, you will be placed on-site as an FDM Software Development Consultant, working on the latest technologies as a part of our client’s cross-functional teams and helping them to design and build software solutions.

From your first day at FDM, you will have access to a comprehensive support network, including mentors, technical experts, our wellbeing programme and a global community of other FDM developers.

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What you’ll do on the Software Development Graduate Programme at FDM

Once on client site, you will help to create new and innovative digital experiences spanning a wide range of sectors. This could be anything from working on complex trade applications for global banks and new entertainment channels for broadcast media to improving critical government services that millions of UK citizens depend on daily. 

Check out our blog for more information about why you should consider a career in Software Development and how to get into Software Development.

You will benefit from several weeks of intensive training to prepare you for your role on-site with our clients. During the training, you will have the opportunity to work on simulated real-world projects, as part of cross-functional scrum teams, using an agile working methodology. The training mirrors the client environment and ensures that you have the skills and knowledge as well as tangible experience to kick-start your career as a Software Engineer.

Key skills for a Software Developer

  • Strong analytical capability
  • Logical and natural problem solver

  • Creative mindset
  • Team player

  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication

Software Development career prospects

Once you have finished your training with us, you will have a highly sought-after skill set and experience in a technical role that requires high levels of expertise, opening a number of exciting alternative future career paths to you.

A career in Software Development is incredibly varied and comes with fantastic career progression opportunities such as:

  • Lead Developer
  • Technical Architect
  • Chief Information Officer

Or you could progress into specialist roles such as:

  • Applications Developer
  • Games Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Systems Developer
  • Cloud Engineer

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What our consultants say

Frank Yang

Frank Yang

Mobile Applications Developer at BP International

University of Edinburgh

“My team is responsible for implementing industry leading development practices within the business. During my two and half years here, I have worked on various mobile apps and automation pipelines whilst enabling other standalone teams to do the same.”

Swetha Thanabalasingam

Swetha Thanabalasingam

Software Developer at Companies House

Brunel University

“My current placement has been extremely beneficial for myself as both a developer and as a person working in the IT industry. I have gained a lot of knowledge and skills, but the best part has been the exposure I have had to different languages and systems.”

Oliver Daniels

Oliver Daniels

Software Engineer at Lloyds Banking Group

University of Essex

“I work with the react.js framework to build front-end apps for the bank and on-site, I am treated like a permanent member of the group.”

Do you qualify for the Software Developer Graduate Programme?

We’re looking for ambitious and enthusiastic individuals with an analytical mindset and a real passion for technology to join our Software Development Graduate Scheme. There’s no need for any prior tech experience and we accept applicants from all degree subjects! We also ask that you are:

  • 2:2 honours degree or higher
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • An excellent communicator
  • Able to commit to a two-year contract upon completion of the training
  • Open to re-locating nationally based on project specifications and client requirements

Want to find out more about a career in technology? Join us at one of our upcoming online events. Click here to find out more.

Application process

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Apply online

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Apply online

Simply submit your application and CV here to kick-start your FDM journey.

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Telephone interview

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Telephone interview

A member of the FDM recruitment team will call you to discuss the programme and your career goals. This is also a great opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have and get a feel for FDM. Check out our blog for top tips for a telephone interview

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Video interview

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Video interview

During the video interview, we will ask you a few questions to find out more about you and your career goals. This can be completed from your computer, tablet or mobile phone. You can find our top tips on how to ace this stage of the interview on our blog.

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Online tests

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Online tests

Here you will undertake numerical, verbal reasoning and IT aptitude tests to assess your skill sets, so we can make sure you are aligned to a role that matches your strengths.

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Final stage interview

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Final stage interview

This is your chance to meet the other graduates you could be training with and find out more about the programme. The interview will be a strength-based interview and will focus on your ability and potential rather than previous experience.

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Join the FDM Software Development Graduate Programme

Support and Development

Our support and development initiatives are catered to help you at every stage of your journey, from graduate to Software Developer.

Wellbeing
Programme

Wellbeing
Programme
Our online wellbeing portal provides a range of helpful resources, including professional guidance and advice. Consultants also have support from Wellbeing Ambassadors throughout the FDM community.

Consultant
Experience Partners

Consultant
Experience Partners
Consultants can receive support and career guidance from Consultant Experience Partners while working
on-site with our clients.

Mentoring
Programme

Mentoring
Programme
FDM partners consultants with mentors based on their career aspirations and helps build long term professional development opportunities.

Online Learning and
Development Programme

Online Learning and
Development Programme
Virtual training, webinars and discussions are available to consultants, as well as e-learning platforms, including LinkedIn Learning and Intuition Know-How.

Consultant
Peer Support

Consultant
Peer Support
Our Consultant Peer Support (CPS) Programme introduces new FDMers to those already working on-site, to help them settle into their new role.

FDM
Networks

FDM
Networks
FDM Staff Networks are designed to offer a group for discussion around shared characteristics. They are employee-led and provide support for those in the community.

Employee
Recognition Awards

Employee
Recognition Awards
FDM are proud of our consultants’ achievements. We celebrate with company awards, including ‘Consultant of the Month’ and ‘Consultant of the Year’.

Consultant
Collaboration Platform

Consultant
Collaboration Platform
Our Consultant Collaboration Platform keeps FDM employees connected; they can socialise with each other and access helpful resources to aid learning and development.

Consultant
Experience Events

Consultant
Experience Events
We host monthly virtual events to help keep us all connected and make sure everyone feels involved in the FDM community.

Employee
Engagement Survey

Employee
Engagement Survey
Our partner, Inpulse, helps us create employee surveys, which enable us to gain a better understanding of our people’s views and help us take positive action to accommodate their needs.

CEO
Communications

CEO
Communications
Our CEO, Rod Flavell, keeps us
up to date regularly through LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Check out #RodsRoundUp videos to find out more.

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