Get back to business
with our Returners
Program

Supporting experienced professionals return to work following a career break, with training and placements with our industry-leading clients


Why choose the Returners Program at FDM?

At FDM, we offer you the opportunity to step back into a rewarding and successful career. Whether it has been 1 year or 20 years, our Returners Program is dedicated to supporting professionals returning to work following a career break or furlough period.

The Returners Program is specifically designed for experienced professionals to return to work through two distinct routes: Software Engineering and Project Delivery. Our instructor-led and project-based training will refresh your skills, getting you job ready in weeks.

Our renowned training will refresh and expand your existing skill set, ensuring you feel fully confident to return to the workplace and prepare you for your new role as an FDM Consultant. After 7–14 weeks of training, you will be placed with our industry-leading clients to work as part of their teams. This could see you working on leading edge digital transformation projects, cloud computing, data migration, creating new platforms, or delivering business process improvements.

Are you ready to get back to it?

A supported journey back to work

The FDM Return to Work Program offers you much more than just training and experience, we will also provide comprehensive support throughout. Our expert teams, many of whom are returners themselves, understand how daunting it can be when you’re looking to return after a break and will be with you every step of the way.

Our support programs include wellbeing and mentoring programs, as well as flexible working arrangements should you require them, to help you transition swiftly and confidently back to the working world.

What you’ll be doing on the Returners Program

The FDM Return to Work Program begins with expert training, designed to reconnect you with your existing skills, refresh your knowledge, update your terminology and equip you with industry-recognized qualifications. It covers professional skills, as well as business and tech specific training, and our agile training style ensures you are prepared for any career path ahead of you.

Once you’ve completed training, you will have the opportunity to showcase your skills working on-site with our leading clients. Depending on which Program our Returners are trained in, they can go into a variety of roles from Program Managers and Product Owners through to Senior Developers and Change Managers.

Read our day in the life of an FDM Returner for more information.

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What our consultants say

Albetina Tejeda

Scrum Master
TD Bank Group

“The FDM training was well designed and delivered by the amazing team of trainers that I was assigned to. I also had the privilege to share with the most talented, supportive and friendly cohort – so proud of all of them.”

Kester Khan

Senior Business Analyst
Deutsche Bank

“After an extended career break, the Returners Program at FDM offered me the opportunity to re-skill and up-skill and then get back to work. I have hit the ground running, made new friends and built new networks that will stay with me for the rest of my career.”

Anitha Samuel

Full Stack Java Developer
TD Bank Group

“The FDM trainers were knowledgeable and were always very approachable in seeking support. The personality development and resume building week made me more confident and helped me to be more open.”

Do you qualify for the FDM Returners Program?

With FDM, there’s no need to hide your career gap: we are actively looking for individuals with at least a year out of work to join our client’s teams and bring unique perspectives and experiences. If you are passionate about technology and business and are ready to get back to work, then this could be the ideal role for you.

We ask that you have the following:

  • A minimum of 1 year career break (including furlough)
  • 5 years of previous commercial experience, which includes experience in areas, such as: Business Analysis, Project Management, Project Support, Mainframe Development, Software Engineering, Accounting, Law or Finance

  • An interest in becoming a consultant specialized in the Software Engineering or Project Delivery fields
  • Ability to commit to FDM for 2 years after training
  • Availability to work in a full-time role

Application process

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Apply online

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Apply online

 

 

Simply submit your application and CV here to get started with FDM and relaunch your career.

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Complete a telephone interview

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Complete a telephone interview

 

A member of the FDM Returners Team will be in touch to tell you more about the program and discuss your previous experience and career aspirations. This is also the perfect opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have.

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Join an
assessment day

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Join an
assessment day

 

The assessment day will enable us to get to know more about you, your skills and attributes. We will ask you to complete various tasks, focusing on your interpersonal and business skills, which will help determine whether we can offer you a place on the program.

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If this sounds like the right move for you,
join the Returners Program

Support and Development

Our support and development initiatives are catered to help you at every stage of your journey.

Wellbeing
Program

Wellbeing
Program
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.

Supporting
Flexible Working

Supporting
Flexible Working
The FDM Return to Work Program is made specifically for those of you who have taken a career break, often brought about by circumstances and responsibilities outside of the working world that require your time and attention. Because of this, we take care to support your needs for flexible working arrangements, should you require them.

Mentoring
Program

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

Online Learning and
Development Program

Online Learning and
Development Program
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) Program 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 employee-led resource groups, designed to provide a community for discussion around specific shared characteristics and to offer support.

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 Surveys

Employee
Engagement Surveys
Our partner, Inpulse, help 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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