New qualification looks to counter cyber security skills shortage

The cyber security apprenticeship has been instigated by Bletchley Park Qufaro and Global Knowledge Apprenticeships

Bletchley Park Qufaro and Global Knowledge Apprenticeships (GKA) have launched a Level 4 cyber security apprenticeship.

The programme – to be predominantly delivered from Bletchley Park, and equivalent to a foundation degree – follows increased demand from employers for greater knowledge of the cyber security issues facing businesses.

Dr Budgie Dhanda, CEO of Qufaro, explained: “This cyber apprenticeship differs from many others in that it not only meets the needs of the apprenticeship standard, but also the National Occupational Standards developed jointly by industry and government. We are also intent on delivering a Level 3 programme as soon as possible.”

The apprenticeship programme will be delivered by GKA, whose Director of Education and Talent, Paul Freeman, said: “These apprenticeships are designed to address the significant cyber skills shortage in the workplace. Latest research shows there will be around 100,000 cyber security roles vacant by the year 2022, and we want to provide prospective employers with a truly aspirational programme that develops our future talent and helps futureproof capabilities into the next generation.”

Enrolment for 2019 students is now open.