An Ministry of Defence (MOD) project to support reservists in employment has recognised IT service provider FDM Group for its work in employing Britain’s reservists and ex-forces personnel.
An event, hosted by South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, and the Ministry of Defence Campaign Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers (SaBRE), awarded FDM Group SaBRE's Certificate of Support.
The Ministry of Defence set up SaBRE to educate and inform employers of the skills reservists can bring to the workplace.
FDM Group achieved the certificate in recognition for its efforts in employing ex-forces personnel and reservists through its Ex-Forces Programme. The initiative was launched earlier this year to offer ex-forces the opportunity to join the FDM IT Consultant training programme, which provides them with IT training in business and technical disciplines.
The IT services supplier gives reservists and ex-forces personnel commercial experience for at least two years to enable a smooth transition from the military into a corporate environment.
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Head of ex-forces programme Stewart Sharman and business relationship manager Stuart Thomas attended to accept the award on behalf of FDM.
The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Mary Fagan and vice admiral Jonathan Woodcock were on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth to present a number of companies with awards for their efforts in employing ex-forces personnel and reservists.
Woodcock said: “This has been a great opportunity for the Ministry of Defence to say thank you to those who employ our amazing Reserve Force personnel – we don’t always remember that, behind a dedicated reservist, are their friends and families and also, very often, a highly supportive employer. We are proud to be able to recognise employers.”
FDM CEO Rod Flavell said: “We are delighted to be selected by SaBRE for this accolade on board HMS Victory. FDM recognises the skills the ex-forces community can bring to our workforce, ranging from entry-level positions to senior project management roles, and it is our duty to ease their transition into the commercial world.”
Recently, FDM partnered with British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) and formally signed the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.