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MDI Group Introduces First of Its Kind Training Program in Georgia, Designed to Meet High Demand for Java Developers

MDI Group FastTrack'd Training in Atlanta, Georgia 2014

Jonathan Smith, instructor for the FastTrack'D training program in Atlanta, leads a discussion of problem solving with future Java developers.

Experienced IT professionals must apply and pass a series of screening tests in order to enroll in the FastTrack’D program, and only about 1 in 15 applicants qualify.

Today MDI Group, a leading national IT staffing and recruiting services provider, announces the debut of FastTrack’D, the first Java developer training program of its kind in Georgia. This training program was designed to cultivate a mobility skillset for IT professionals in high demand. By introducing FastTrack’D to the Atlanta market, MDI Group is serving its clients’ needs and playing an instrumental role in positioning Atlanta as a global hub for mobile technology.    

“Java has been a top programming language for years, but for every 10 Java development jobs available, there is currently only one person qualified to fill the position,” said Richey Brownfield, CEO for MDI Group. “There is a clear need for this skillset as companies are often forced to go offshore to recruit Java developers. This program is the first of its kind in Georgia, and the program guarantees job placement for IT professionals who complete the 6-8 week training.”

Java is the most widely used platform for mobile devices, and the average salary for Java developers in Atlanta are 6% higher than average software developer salaries, and 28% higher than average (general) technology professional salaries.* The FastTrack’D training program offered through MDI Group was specifically designed to meet staffing requests from local companies for mobility-related skillsets. Due to the short supply of onshore Java developers and the need for mobile technology, FastTrack’D graduates will be in demand nationwide.

“This program is not only beneficial for local companies, but will also help raise Atlanta’s profile as a source for IT talent,” said John Hurst, managing director of MDI Group’s Atlanta office. “By training a workforce designed to meet the need for Java developers nationwide, employers around the country will look to Atlanta for qualified IT professionals.”

Experienced IT professionals must apply and pass a series of screening tests in order to enroll in the FastTrack’D program, and only about 1 in 15 applicants qualify. FastTrack’D utilizes assessment and placement strategies that ensure an overall fit for companies seeking talent. The screening process used to assess applicants for the FastTrack’D class consists of a hard and soft skill assessment, including software that monitors facial expressions and generates data about the applicants’ attitude while completing a task.

“MDI Group is taking a thoughtful and deliberate approach to cultivating mobility-related skills locally,” said Hurst. “As a result, we are producing valuable results and furthering the goals of IT professionals seeking great employment opportunities, clients seeking talent and a city working to generate a robust workforce.”

MDI Group is the exclusive provider of FastTrack’D program graduates throughout the state of Georgia as part of its partnership with Cook Systems, which developed the training. MDI Group is currently hosting the inaugural FastTrack’D training class in Georgia at its national headquarters in Technology Park located in Norcross, GA.

About MDI Group

MDI Group is a pioneer among IT staffing and recruiting agencies, providing a full range of recruitment services to help in-house resources tackle “what’s next” in terms of emerging technology projects and challenging business objectives since 1988. Services range from contract and contract-to-hire placements to project teams and end-to-end processes that maximize the engagement and management of contract labor. MDI Group has placed more than 10,000 technology consultants with mid-sized to Fortune 500 organizations across the country and has offices in Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; Greenville, S.C.; and Phoenix. For more information, visit and follow @MDIGroup.


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