Recently I have been having more and more conversations on the
idea of encouraging ex-military personnel into the IT sector.
Those who have been in the forces have an
array of skills that can be transferred into civilian career opportunities - it's
ensuring that someone is there to bridge that gap and to help with the transition
Speaking with IT service provider FDM
Group this morning, I realised the amount of work that some companies are proud
to put in to ensure that these skills are translated into the civilian
FDM runs a Veteran's Programme, in the
US, which focuses on transitioning veterans into professional IT consultants.
The company offers 17 weeks training at
its New York based academy, and two years employment with FDM once fully
Monica Hogan, US marketing
assistant for FDM, told me how translating the skills and systems that
ex-military candidates are experienced in can sometimes be a challenge when
writing a civilian CV. Not all HR
departments may understand this. She pointed out that post 911 veterans would
have enlisted at the age of 18/19 and some may be choosing to leave in their
early 20s - those without degrees may find themselves slipping through the
gaps, when applying for civilian job roles, however being a veteran is a big
FDM's programme has been a success in
the US, recruiting 20 veterans so far, with 10 more in line for this year. As a
result the company has been announced as a finalist by CivilianJobs.com for the
Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military 2013 awards. Congratulations to FDM
Furthermore, today BT Openreach announced
that it is reserving 200 positions for armed forces personnel. Working with the
Ministry of Defence and the Careers Transition Partnership the company is on
the hunt for those about to leave the forces. BT Openreach has recruited over 1,000
staff from the armed forces in the past two years.
If your business has a similar
programme in place, I would love to hear about it.
To all businesses making the path
clearer for ex-servicemen and women to transfer their skills into civilian IT
roles, Computer Weekly salutes you.