Tech Industry Gold accreditation extended to training programmes to help tackle digital skills shortages

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TechSkills announces FDM as first to achieve Tech Industry Gold accreditation for training programmes.

Tech Industry Gold Digital Credentials make it easy to identify job-ready candidates.

Industry skills body TechSkills today announces new services to strengthen the digital talent pipeline with the accreditation of quality-assured training programmes that lead to employment and the launch of trusted digital credentials for individuals whose skills meet industry standards. These credentials make it easy for employers to understand the skillsets of individuals and match them to job vacancies.

Building on a long heritage in degrees and degree apprenticeships, Tech Industry Gold accreditation is now extended to intensive training programmes which provide high quality pathways into employment.

Learners can choose Tech Industry Gold accredited programmes confident in the quality and relevance of their training to their next career move. They will also now be awarded Tech Industry Gold Digital Credentials which prove job ready skills in a form which is easy to understand and portable across companies, sectors and geographies.

FDM has today joined the Tech Industry Gold community as the first company to achieve Training Programme accreditation. The FDM training programmes for Business Analysis / Business Intelligence / Software Testing / Project Management training programmes have been recognised for their quality and relevance in preparing learners for employment in entry level roles.

Colin Bannister, VP of Solution Engineering, VMWare EMEA, provided an industry perspective: “As the Chair of the Tech Industry Gold Steering Group, and on behalf of the TechSkills Employer Board, I am delighted with the extension of Tech Industry Gold accreditation into intensive training programmes. This will make it easier for individuals to choose high quality pathways into tech, and Tech Industry Gold Credentials will make it easier to secure employment and progress careers. I believe this will make a real contribution to strengthening the talent pipeline and helping individuals realise their potential in our fast-growing digital economy.”

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Rod Flavell, CEO, FDM Group commented: “We are very proud to join the Tech Industry Gold community as the first company to achieve industry accreditation for training programmes. Our people come from all walks of life and all backgrounds, and we want to give each person the best possible start to their career. Ensuring our programmes are independently reviewed and approved helps us to continually deliver the very highest standards of training, focused on job readiness for our employees and value for our clients. These are exciting times for FDM Group. We have big ambitions to increase our new hires this year and help build the tech careers for a whole new generation of candidates.”

This extension of Tech Industry Gold builds on its success in Higher Education, where it has transformed the employment prospects of degree students, delivered rapid growth in degree apprenticeships, and made tangible improvements to both the gender balance and social mobility. Click here for further information on results. Tech Industry Gold Credentials will also be introduced for those on Tech Industry Gold accredited programmes in Higher Education.

If as an employer/training provider, you are interested in getting eligible programmes considered for Tech Industry Gold accreditation, please contact [email protected].

About Tech Industry Gold

Tech Industry Gold is the industry accreditation for tech and digital, recognising education and training for its quality and relevance to careers. It is managed by the employer skills body TechSkills.

Programmes carrying Tech Industry Gold accreditation meet industry standards for the holistic blend of technical, business, project and professional skills needed for job readiness. Individuals achieving Tech Industry Gold Credentials have had their skills certified to these industry standards. Tech Industry Gold credentials are issued by TechSkills through Credly, the largest credentialing network in the world.

About TechSkills

TechSkills brings together employers and educators in partnership to develop the digital talent industry needs. Our Employer Board brings together industry leaders from across the economy, including Accenture, Amazon, Aitemology, Arsenal Football Club, Bain & Co, Barclaycard, BT, Capgemini, CGI, Cisco, Deloitte, Fujitsu, IBM, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, NHS Digital, Quicksilva, SAS, TCS, Tesco Bank and VMware.

Our mission is to create and promote industry-valued pathways into digital careers. We want to realise a future where people across all areas of society can thrive in tech, whether starting out, upskilling or changing careers. We promote diversity in the tech workforce and enable people from all walks of life to achieve their full potential.

We are the not-for-profit, employer-led organisation responsible for Tech Industry Gold, the industry accreditation for education and training relevant to digital and tech careers. We are recognised as a Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) for the accreditation of degrees.

TechSkills is a techUK company. techUK is the trade association which brings together people, companies and organisations to realise the positive outcomes of what digital technology can achieve.

About FDM Group

FDM Group is a strategic talent partner, placing business ready tech professionals including graduates, ex-forces personnel and returners to work with clients across a number of sectors every year. We work in partnership with our clients to fill speciality skills gaps within their teams, building their diverse talent pipelines for the future. With centres across Europe, North America and APAC, FDM has shown exponential growth throughout the years, firmly establishing itself as an award-winning FTSE 250 employer.

FDM continues to recognise the benefits of embracing diversity, inclusivity and social mobility within the workforce. From our UK consultant intake in 2020 who chose to disclose, 46% identify as BAME, 44% were the first in their family to attend university, 90% attended a state school, 6% identify as LGBTQ and 5% identify with having a disability. In an effort to support women to thrive in the tech and business space, we are also committed to closing our gender pay gap event further. We are pleased to report a gender pay gap of -9.6% this year, as a result of many initiatives we have in place including the success and growth of our Returners Programme and the increase in senior consultant numbers. The percentage of females receiving a bonus has also increased by 2.3%, now at 88.1% up from 85.8% in 2020.

For more information, please visit or read our Gender Pay Gap report here.