FDM Getting Back to Business FAQ
How does the FDM Business model work?
FDM’s unique business model provides training to those looking to return to work after a career break, and full time employment as a business Consultant, working with their high profile clients.
You will first join FDM for seven weeks of specialist training, building on leadership and management experience as well as IT and business knowledge.
Once training is complete, you will be employed by FDM as a Consultant and will work for them onsite with one or more of their clients.
In return for the fully funded training, all FDM Consultants agree to work for FDM for a minimum of two years. Once the two year employment bond is complete, you may transition permanently onto client sites, remain with FDM as a senior Consultant or choose to go your own way. The two year bond gives you stability and at the end of two years you are left with a choice of what you wish to do.
What is involved in the assessment day?
The assessment days are there to allow FDM to get to know you whilst also allowing you to get to find out more about FDM and what they have to offer. They aim to find out more about your skills and experience through a mixture of interviews, discussions, group tasks and a knowledge test; all while encouraging you to ask questions. They will show you around the academy so you can find out more about their training and placements.
What experience do I need?
The programme is open to anyone, male or female, who has taken a voluntary career break of more than one year. FDM looks for experience in either business analysis, project support or project management as well as a strong aptitude and interest in business.
What will be my hours of work during training?
The hours of training will be from 09:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday over a 7 week period. Whilst there is much to learn, FDM has reduced the hours from their normal academy times to allow you to readjust.
Where will I train?
Depending on where you have applied to the programme, you will either train in the Glasgow or London training centre – both situated in very central locations.
Where will I be placed?
FDM will ensure that your placements are no more than a one hour commute. In London, their clients are based throughout the city and, should your home location allow, they may be able to offer you other locations outside of the city. For the Glasgow academy, they have clients located in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and other locations within a reasonable commute. On the Getting Back to Business programme, FDM does not ask you to be geographically flexible, but you may choose to be considered for other locations.
What will be my hours of work once I am placed onsite?
FDM’s hours of work are generally 09:00 – 17:30, but like all areas of business you may be asked to show some flexibility around start and finish times when on site with a client. Some of their clients may offer more flexible working hours than others.
What does it mean to have continuous start dates? Can I choose when I start?
There are several start dates throughout the year in London and Glasgow. Even if you have attended an assessment centre for a particular start date, should you be successful, you may be offered some flexibility as to when you join the programme.
What type of projects will I be working on as a full time Consultant?
You will have the opportunity to work across various sectors such as finance, banking, media and the public sector in business analysis or project management type roles. Some of FDM’s Consultants are currently working in stakeholder management, risk, regulation and compliance. Their account managers look to place you with clients where your skills will be best utilised.
Why is the training flexible and not the employment?
The training is flexible to accommodate personal commitments. This way they ensure everyone benefits from the business and technical training that they offer.
Can I opt out of the programme once I have started the training period?
Making the decision to go back to work can be difficult. You may not truly know if you are ready to step back into the workplace until you start the programme; that is why they have a two week cooling off period once you start training. Once you have finished training, you are free to leave the programme after 90 days if you have not been placed with a client.
What benefits will I receive during the two year programme?
You will receive a competitive starting salary, fully-funded professional and technical training to facilitate you in your return to the workplace, and the security of knowing that you have a fully paid job for 2 years. You will work on-site with one of FDM’s prestigious clients, helping to fast track your career progression and ease you back into business.
Is there a guarantee that I will get a job once I complete the training?
There is never a 100% guarantee, but FDM will not offer you a role on the programme unless they feel that you have the potential to be placed with one of their clients. If you are successful, you will be placed either during training or within the 90 day period once the training is complete. They try to ensure that you undertake a minimum of 4 weeks training before you are placed on site, but if you are ready and the client wants you, your placement could happen earlier.
What are my options after the two year period?
At the end of the two year period, you have three options available to you. The first is to continue with FDM as one of their senior Consultants, either with an existing or new client. The second option may be to transition to one of their clients as a permanent employee. As a final option, you may choose to go your own way and look for employment elsewhere.
What support will I be getting during the programme?
During your time with FDM there will be on-going mentoring, coaching and support available to you. All of the training focuses on helping you to transition back into the workplace with the skills and confidence that you require. Once on site, FDM will continue to offer you support as and when it is required.