FDM Group recently held an event at the House of Commons to discuss what business people, media and parliamentarians can do to encourage more young people in to a career in technology…..and I missed it due to shoddy tradesmen ruining my house renovation. Not being able to leave certain workmen to do exactly what I ask, instead of doing what they’d like in their own houses, meant I couldn’t go to this event. I have been to FDM’s events before and the networking alone is worth the attendance.
The “delivering the technology skills for the 21st century economy” event included speeches FDM’s CEO Rod Flavell and Barry Sheerman MP, former Chair of the Education and Skills Committee and the current Chair of the Skills Commission.
With 130 attendees some senior representatives were from Barclays, UBS, Direct Line Group, HSBC, British Airways, Lloyds Banking Group and Credit Suisse.
Rod Flavell, CEO of FDM, said, “We want to create an economy in technology that caters to everybody.
“FDM is about here, it’s about tomorrow and it’s about people’s ability to get through the first two years as an FDM Consultant and to go on and make their mark in information technology, and doing it in the UK is absolutely critical.”
During his keynote speech, Barry Sheerman MP said: “The whole world is changing and we’re not quite noticing it. Together, with the leadership of people like FDM, we are going to make this country high skilled and that is the future I want.”
The event closed with Flavell awarding FDM consultants for their hard work. Leanne Lawrence was awarded as the FDM Consultant of the Year for her success whilst placed with UBS. In addition to this she volunteers at UBS Bridge Academy supporting students to prepare for their GCSE Math exams.
Charlotte Keens received an award for FDM Female Champion of the Year. As an FDM Consultant placed with UBS, she regularly speaks and mentors other FDM trainees and consultants to guide their professional development.