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Diversity and Inclusion

“Diversity, social mobility and inclusion are an essential part of who we are. At the heart of our business remains our desire to launch the careers of people from many different backgrounds, helping them to develop their skills before starting work with our clients.”

Rod Flavell, CEO, FDM Group

Supporting Social Mobility

FDM has been ranked one of the top 50 employers in the Social Mobility Employer index.

FDM has been ranked one of the top 50 employers in the Social Mobility Employer index.

Opportunities at FDM are available to candidates with the right attitude and aptitude.

Opportunities at FDM are available to candidates with the right attitude and aptitude.

We do not look at UCAS points or degree subject and consider those with a 2:2 as standard.

We do not look at UCAS points or degree subject and consider those with a 2:2 as standard.

We use strength-based interview questions, ensuring candidates are not assessed on previous experience or social capital.

We use strength-based interview questions, ensuring candidates are not assessed on previous experience or social capital.

All of our interviewing stakeholders at FDM undergo unconscious bias training.

All of our interviewing stakeholders at FDM undergo unconscious bias training.

As a result, of our UK graduate consultant intake respondents 2019:

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40% were the first in their family to attend university
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88% attended a state school
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53% are from a BAME background
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4% identify with having a disability
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31% of FDM's global workforce are female

Informing an Inclusive Culture

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Our diverse workforce includes a wide range of life experiences, including graduates, ex-forces personnel, and returners to work
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We partner with over 100 universities across the UK and Ireland and welcome graduates from a variety of degree backgrounds
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Our Women in Tech initiative encourages and supports women in the industry, aiming to create a more gender balanced workforce for FDM and our clients
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We have rolled out diversity, inclusion and equality training in partnership with Equally Yours across our UK centres to provide a platform for open conversation and to encourage increased awareness and understanding
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We hosted diversity workshops as to celebrate National Inclusion Week 2019 and focused on different protected characteristics to further understanding and share lived experience
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We provide a 24-hour confidential assistance helpline. The service provides guidance in many aspects of life including financial, relationships, addictions, and mental health. FDM’s Wellbeing initiative also includes access to over 30 mental health first aiders thoughout our UK centres.

A Day in the Life

We partner with clients to identify talent regardless of background and celebrate neurodiversity as part of our commitment to making FDM disability smart. Hannah works on-site at Shell and this is her story.

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Hannah Reading, FDM Consultant:

For me, the average day at Shell consists of firstly checking emails, filling in my timesheet and then reading through notes. Then, after that I usually have my lunch break and catch up with the other FDM consultants to tell them how my day is going and then I usually spend the afternoon trying to fix a program. The afternoons are usually spent either developing or debugging.

Mark Hunt, SAP Designer at Shell:

On day one when she joined the company, she was quite – should we say shy, and a little bit retiring but she joined the Toastmasters class and we’ve really seen her come out of herself, so she’s really done well and benefited from that.

Hannah:

They’re non-discriminatory and they see me just for who I am and for what my talents are, and they think of me as a good developer rather than burden to work with.

Mark:

She challenges us all to think about how we support people with disabilities, so yeah, it’s a new

perspective and view for all of us.

Hannah:

People with autism can be kind of prone to discrimination so if you just be open and honest with the line managers and let them know in advance that you do have the following needs then they’ll be a little bit more understanding and they’ll be able to make the work place more comfortable for you. I think that FDM is a fantastic company and they help you to see the potential that other companies probably wouldn’t see. People have been able to just talk to me about anything and get to know me as a person and they realise just what a nice person I am.

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Diversity Hackathons

We host regular non-technical hackathons with our clients and university partners to hack challenges and find breakthrough solutions for aspects of diversity in the workplace.

 

Awards 2018 – 2019

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