The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and international IT services provider, FDM, are joining forces to enhance students’ employability for undergraduates and postgraduates.
FDM has employed eight UCLan graduates including two MSc Business Management alumni – David McStay and James Bentley, who have successfully secured managerial positions in their Hong Kong and Manchester offices respectively.
Futures, UCLan’s career and employability service team, is now discussing the possibility of overseas opportunities for students with FDM’s Global Head of Recruitment Madeleine Field.
Madeleine said: “It is important for the growth of our company to engage with the excellent universities in the North of England. UCLan is a fantastic example of a university that actively seeks to work together with companies such as FDM that can offer career opportunities for their graduates.”
The collaboration between the University and FDM has been evolving since they took on David, who then came back to UCLan in 2011 to give a guest talk on career progression to the MSc cohort.
After the visit David got back in touch with the course leader Owen Leeds about an exciting opportunity at FDM, which was secured by another MSc Business and Management alumnus, James Bentley.
Owen was pleased that FDM will be sponsoring his January and September entry postgraduates with prizes for their outstanding achievements each year.
He said: “It is more noticeable that students are very focused on what jobs they’ll land when they complete their course and we’re delighted that the UK’s largest IT graduate employer is supporting our course both materially and with assistance in recruitment training.”
FDM has been working with Futures on a range of students’ employability activities which are also aimed at raising the awareness of opportunities available at the company.
Jennifer Standish, FDM’s Recruitment Consultant, gave a video talk explaining the company’s graduate training schemes. She has also agreed to attend a careers fair in autumn and to facilitate some assessment centre workshops during the upcoming academic year.
FDM is a fast growing IT services company which is always on the lookout for talented people with great potential to join their team. They now have ten offices internationally across the UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Asia Pacific.