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    I received an email from one of the members of FDM offering me a graduate programme. It is 12 weeks training programme funded by them and they give £100 weekly travel costs. After training they put you in tasks with clients which could be anywhere in UK so you have to travel far to meet clients. They also mentioned 2 years commitment which is the part I do not understand.

    I read a review where someone mentioned they force you into a contract which you do not chose or like and it could be anywhere and you're committed to the contract for 2 years. If you drop out, you're forced to pay £20,000.

    It sounds too good to be true. Why would they offer free training and pay travel costs and then set you up in a job? What do they get out of it?

    I however do not have previous work experience and I'm a graduate in Computing. As much I'm struggling to get a job, I thought this training may be beneficial to me to gain experience but now I'm confused what to do because I have no other option.

    Has anyone heard or been a part of FDM and could they tell me whether it's worth it?


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    Any company that needs to train you will pay for training. Any company that requires you to travel will pay for travel. This is so far from "too good to be true". What do they get out of it? Someone who works for them who knows what they're doing.

    Having said that, I have read and heard many horror stories about FDM. I don't think they are a scam. They provide you with a bad job with a bad contract which you are locked in for 2 years. If you are willing to stick it out and you are desperate for a job, take it. Otherwise I would steer clear.
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    I don't know why people are so critical of schemes like this. Free training, decent travel allowance, guaranteed job at the end - all sounds legit to me.

    It's not perfect by any means, but is ideal for people like the OP who are lacking in skills and unemployable everywhere else.
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    I was so crap I didn't even get into one of their schemes. But I got a job in the end, which didn't last (surprise surprise), and now I'm in a situation where non-grads are in front of me in the queue for IT roles...
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    (Original post by shawn_o1)
    I was so crap I didn't even get into one of their schemes. But I got a job in the end, which didn't last (surprise surprise), and now I'm in a situation where non-grads are in front of me in the queue for IT roles...
    Then try applying for jobs outside of IT - Retail, Admin, call centres, warehouses. There are plenty out there. Being a graduate does not entitle you to a graduate job.
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    (Original post by #ChaosKass)
    I don't know why people are so critical of schemes like this. Free training, decent travel allowance, guaranteed job at the end - all sounds legit to me.

    It's not perfect by any means, but is ideal for people like the OP who are lacking in skills and unemployable everywhere else.
    Having to pay back £20,000 of training costs for what sounds like 12 weeks seems slightly dubious to be honest. I agree that "free training" and a travel allowance should not be sniffed at but this sounds a little dodgy in terms of cost spent training vs claw back money and terms.


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    (Original post by h4mza)
    I received an email from one of the members of FDM offering me a graduate programme. It is 12 weeks training programme funded by them and they give £100 weekly travel costs. After training they put you in tasks with clients which could be anywhere in UK so you have to travel far to meet clients. They also mentioned 2 years commitment which is the part I do not understand.

    I read a review where someone mentioned they force you into a contract which you do not chose or like and it could be anywhere and you're committed to the contract for 2 years. If you drop out, you're forced to pay £20,000.

    It sounds too good to be true. Why would they offer free training and pay travel costs and then set you up in a job? What do they get out of it?

    I however do not have previous work experience and I'm a graduate in Computing. As much I'm struggling to get a job, I thought this training may be beneficial to me to gain experience but now I'm confused what to do because I have no other option.

    Has anyone heard or been a part of FDM and could they tell me whether it's worth it?


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    The job they set you up for can also be in Hong Kong, if I remember correctly. The salary for those two years is something like 20-25k, which is below average for the work you'll be doing. FDM presumably makes money by commission: linking the companies up with candidates such as yourself, and also perhaps taking a cut of your pay (which results in the lower salary).

    The benefits are: you get trained, a job at an investment bank which might otherwise be difficult to get, and the value that adds to your CV in the future. Of course, there are downsides in addition to those in the previous paragraph. Check other websites such as Glassdoor - there are lots of reviews of the company there.
 
 
 
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