Tech Partnership to pioneer Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship

The Tech Partnership is in the final stages of development of a new degree apprenticeship in cyber security, reflecting strong demand from employers for this innovative approach to developing specialist tech talent.

More than forty employers from a broad range of sectors – including financial services, transport, energy and retail, as well as government and the tech sector itself – have worked together through the Tech Partnership’s Apprenticeship Employer Group to develop the apprenticeship standard.

It details the expected learning outcomes for the programme – the knowledge and skills that a candidate will acquire in the course of their degree apprenticeship. 

Six universities, including Bournemouth, Essex, Gloucestershire, Liverpool, the Open University and the University of the West of England, have also been closely involved in developing the programme, working with the employers to ensure that the academic and employment elements of the apprenticeship work together seamlessly.

Successful recruits will spend three to five years combining on-the-job training with campus study, and graduate with a BSc (Honours) as a Cyber Security Technology Professional.

“’Online’ has become an essential part of modern living and working and this brings fantastic new opportunities for society and the economy. We must at the same time create the foundations of knowledge and skill that can understand and address the associated risks to make ‘online’ safe and secure,” said Paul Thorlby, CTO for the Security business in QinetiQ, and Chair of the group that has developed the draft standard.

“The standard sets out to define a future proof baseline that offers excellent career prospects for new entrants to the field. Cyber degree apprenticeships will be a potent weapon in our recruitment armoury, allowing us to reach out to a wide range of talented individuals with a compelling employment and education proposition.”

“A degree apprenticeship is an excellent option for anyone with an aptitude for cyber work,” added Verner Parke, Vice President, Consulting Services Security Practice at CGI IT UK. “We can nurture their talent, building their specialist skills and confidence, and ensure they are ready to take up vital and rewarding positions in our security team.”  

Roles a cyber security degree apprentice could aspire to include Risk Manager, Cyber Systems Architect, and Cyber Deep Technology Analyst, or many others located in the technology, engineering or business functions.

“Cyber security is a shortage profession and employers are keen to explore all routes to recruiting and training the right people to fill their roles,” said Mark Heholt, who convenes the Apprenticeship Employer Group on behalf of the Tech Partnership. “Degree apprenticeships are particularly attractive because they offer employers the chance to educate individuals to a very high standard, while simultaneously training them to meet the company’s needs precisely. We expect strong interest in and uptake of this apprenticeship, and we’re keen for as many employers as possible to contribute their input to the draft standard.”

Step 1: Downloaded the draft standard here
Step 2: Feedback through an online questionnaire here.

Closing date 2 January 2017