National Apprenticeship Week – the annual celebration of vocational on the job training – concluded last Friday and already the effects are being felt.
According to the government, over 1000 people have applied to join a pilot scheme focusing on cyber security apprenticeships. 1200 people applied to get involved with the apprenticeship programme which is led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and is part of the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme.
“This is an important part of our National Cyber Security Programme and recent Digital Strategy to prepare Britain for the challenges it faces now and in the future,” said Digital and culture minister Matt Hancock
‘A huge response’
“It is fantastic to see such a huge response to this scheme and I am sure all the apprentices will help make these workplaces more productive, bring in fresh ideas and contribute from day one.”
Under the terms of the pilot, apprentices will receive training delivered by an external provider and will get the chance to take part in a three-day capture-the-flag cybersecurity workshop.
The workshop will also include topics such as ethical hacking, network defence, malware analysis, encryption and cyber security operations.