QA Apprenticeships launches cyber security programme

Written by staff reporter

QA Apprenticeships has launched a cyber security apprenticeship scheme designed to thwart cyber crime, decrypt data and untangle malware. QA Apprenticeships’ pilot began in November with employers from banking, technology, and the public sector including the Home Office and Ministry of Defence.

The programme develops technical skills across digital security, information assurance and risk to make apprentices secure and productive in a commercial setting. In developing this apprenticeship QA is bringing together its specialist cyber security training and apprenticeships to create cyber professionals from the outset.

Francis Maude, Minister for Cabinet Office said: “We created the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme because we recognise that young people who leave school for the world of work have much to offer. As part of the National Cyber Security Programme, we are introducing a cyber strand into the scheme to help meet the increasing demand for cyber security specialists. We want to attract the most talented individuals to the Civil Service, and can offer individuals with enthusiasm and fresh ideas a rewarding career through a combination of on the job experience, vocational and academic training in this rapidly growing profession. We are delighted that QA are delivering our Cyber Apprenticeships Programme.”

Reducing organisations’ risk of hacking or data breach is a significant priority with 81% of large corporations and 60% of small businesses reporting a cyber breach in 2014. With the cost for the worst cyber security breach estimated between £600,000 to £1.15 million for large businesses and £65,000 to £115,000 for smaller ones.

Commenting on the programme, Ben Pike, director of QA Apprenticeships says: “Cyber security is by far the fastest, and most important, area of growth in the IT industry. Some would say that apprentices and cyber security are a paradox but our initial pilot has proved otherwise. Support from central government and employer feedback validate our investment in the Cyber security programme that we will be expanding throughout 2015. I am looking forward to seeing QA cyber apprentices safeguarding UK businesses of all sizes.”

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