Ex-Forces Careers and Opportunities

Our Ex-Forces Careers Programme is the next step for people who have served in the armed forces and are looking to transition into a successful civilian career in Tech or Business


Career opportunities for Ex-Forces personnel

What we do

FDM’s renowned Ex-Forces Careers Programme bridges the gap between your military service and a corporate career. Designed for ex-military personnel from all ranks and services, we’ll make your transition as smooth as possible with expert training, ongoing support and hands-on experience with industry-leading clients.

What you’ll do

We know first-hand how much ex-military personnel have to offer the business world. Our programme builds on your existing skills so you can make a difference to the world outside of the military. Once trained you will work on exciting projects that will have a real, positive impact, such as critical national infrastructure services projects for Government agencies or major transformation change programmes in financial services.

Support and Development

The FDM Ex-Forces Careers Programme is run by ex-service personnel who understand your background and are committed to supporting your journey. We go above and beyond to support veterans across the board: our Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award reflects our ongoing advocacy of defence and our active support to various military charities.

Find out more about our support and development programmes

Recognising your skills

We know that your military background will have equipped you with a range of transferable skills and valuable life experiences.

Our clients are looking for talented individuals with the qualities you have developed within the military, from “soft” skills such as leadership, excellent teamwork, and risk and change management, as well as technical skills you may also have acquired.

It is our goal to help you translate your existing skills into a language the corporate world recognises. This includes expert commercial training, gaining industry-recognised certifications to validate your existing skill set and showcase your talents, as well as professional skills that will prepare you for any civilian career path ahead of you.

What our consultants say

Hiren Patel

Hiren Patel

Dev Ops Engineer

Ordnance Survey

“The client was briefed about my Reserve commitment and was accommodating to the demands of being a Reservist and what this entails. I am thankful that FDM has a dedicated Ex-Forces team and have offered me guidance and support throughout.”

Amanda Scott

Amanda Scott

Service Desk Analyst

Student Loans Company

“FDM has been supportive of my Army Reserves career, allowing me the time to complete my annual training. Having the support of FDM makes it easier to balance both civilian work life and my military work life. I enjoy the community feel that FDM has, it is almost like a family in the same way that you get in the military.”

Alex Rennie

Alex Rennie

Programme Manager

Shell

“FDM and the client have been amazing in supporting my reserve activity by providing 10 days of leave so that I can conduct my duties.”

Which programme is right for you?

We look for candidates who have served in the military, either as a regular or reservist, from all different ranks and services.

We keep it simple: there’s no need for a CV, just apply or get in touch with our dedicated Ex-Forces Team for more information.

Military Mountie Pathway

This is designed for junior ex-forces personnel. We will provide you with the opportunity to start your career in tech with no need for a university degree. We’ll equip you with professional and industry-specific training and give you the opportunity to put your skills to the test, working on the latest technologies with some of the biggest names in the business.

Requirements:

  • Passionate about IT
  • Driven to start your professional career
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Geographic flexibility

Advanced Course

This is tailored for Ex-forces personnel with demonstrable leadership and management experience. We will provide you with industry-recognised qualifications to certify your existing skills and prepare you for a senior role, such as in project management, risk management and stakeholder management.

Requirements:

  • Passionate about IT
  • Leadership and Management
  • Strong organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Problem solving skills
  • Competence in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project

Application process

1

Apply online

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Apply online

Submit your application
here to launch your
FDM journey.

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Join an insight day

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Join an insight day

Join us at one of our Insight Days, where you will have the opportunity to find out what the programme has to offer as well as seeing our academy setup.

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Complete a telephone interview

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Complete a telephone interview

A member of the FDM
Ex-Forces recruitment
team will call you to
discuss the right
pathway for you and
next steps involving the
assessment day.

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Join an assessment day

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Join an assessment day

Dependant upon which route you opt to take, the assessment will consist of a number of modules. You may be expected to undertake numerical, verbal and IT aptitude tests as well as sit an interview. The Advanced pathway will consist of a 1 hour interview alongside a project based scenario.

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Support and Development

Our goal is to ensure happy and successful placements, which is why we have several support programmes in place to do just that. From learning and development to engagement and networking to wellbeing programmes, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Reservists
Support

Reservists
Support
FDM actively supports the Armed Forces Reservist community and allows an additional two weeks of paid leave to attend annual camp.

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 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.

Meet our dedicated Ex-Forces Team

Stewart Sharman MBE
Stewart Sharman MBE

Global Head of Ex-Forces

Ex-British Army Colonel (Retd), Royal Corps of Signals

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Will Eeles
Will Eeles

Chief of Staff

Ex-British Army Captain,
Army Air Corps

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Danielle Sandy
Danielle Sandy

Head of Recruitment

Ex-Royal Navy, Leading Hand, Electronic Warfare

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James Goodwin
James Goodwin

Regional Manager, South

Ex-British Army Major, Royal Tank Regiment

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Norman Yarwood
Norman Yarwood

Regional Manager, Scotland

Ex-British Army WO1, Royal Corps of Signals

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Jim Gordon
Jim Gordon

Regional Manager, North

Ex-British Army Captain (LE), Intelligence Corps

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