IT service provider FDM Group has signed the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, pledging to show its commitment to the Armed Forces community.
The Armed Forces Corporate Covenant enables businesses and charities to voluntarily pledge and outline publicly how they are willing to commit to the Armed Forces community.
In 2013 FDM launched its UK Ex-Forces Programme, which offers ex-forces personnel IT training in several business and technical disciplines. The training is then followed by commercial experience at FDM for at least two years.
By signing, FDM pledges to support the British Armed Forces by upholding the Covenant’s key principles:
- No member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen.
- In some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.
FDM’s chief executive officer Rod Flavell said: “We are honoured to be showing our support and recognising the contributions made by those who serve in the British Armed Forces by signing the Covenant.
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“At FDM we understand that ex-forces personnel have an abundance of transferable skills that are invaluable to the IT industry.”
FDM’s UK programme is an extension of its US Veteran Programme. In August, Darrell Powell-Lee, a veteran who successfully went through service provider FDM’s Veteran Program to become an FDM IT consultant based in New York, spoke with Computer Weekly about his experiences.
The company’s Veteran Programme offers training through its FDM Academy, which has been accredited by the American Military University and can be used for up to 21 semester-hour credits towards a bachelor of science degree in information technology.
Flavell said FDM seeks to support the employment of ex-forces personnel and aims to actively participate in Armed Forces Day.
FDM also recently partnered with the non-profit organisation British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS), which works with ex-forces personnel during their career transition. FDM will be working with BFRS to offer IT careers to the ex-armed force community.