The decision to introduce a Level 4 apprenticeship programme follows increasing demand from employers who need to build greater in-depth knowledge of the cybersecurity issues facing business today and how best to tackle them.
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 that were developed jointly by Industry and government. The programme will be predominantly delivered from the iconic location of Bletchley Park, immersing learners in the fantastic heritage and legacy the place brings.
“Qufaro already delivers an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), accredited by City & Guilds and recognised by the Institute of Information Security Professions (IISP). We are also intent on delivering a Level 3 programme as soon as possible with a trailblazer group already underway and committed to making it happen.”
The cybersecurity apprenticeship programme will be delivered by leading IT and Business Apprenticeship company, Global Knowledge Apprenticeships (GKA). The Pearson, City & Guilds, BCS and EAL accredited centre will, in conjunction with Qufaro, deliver the cybersecurity technical training alongside the soft skills training required to ensure apprentices have the best content and pathway for their respective roles.
Paul Freeman, Director of Education and Talent at GKA said: “These apprenticeships are designed to address the significant cyber skills shortage in the workplace. Latest research shows there will be around 100,000 cybersecurity 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 has already opened with further information available: Cybersecurity Apprenticeships.
About Global Knowledge Apprenticeships
Global Knowledge Apprenticeships (formerly PDS Group) works in partnership with clients to develop and deliver the skills needed by today’s businesses. We believe quality is key to apprenticeships – benefitting both apprentices and employers.
GKA was formed in 2005 to work with large blue chip corporate clients in the provision of Apprenticeship and talent programmes. In 2014, it became part of Global Knowledge UK, the leaders in IT, best practice and business skills training. This move provides GKA with access to the Global Knowledge portfolio of high quality content, as well as access to a wealth of subject matter expertise and vendor-based materials.
Based in Wiltshire, GKA has a highly skilled team of specialist consultants who support our clients across the UK. Our team's expertise includes Human Resources, Learning and Development, IT, Telecommunications, Sales and Telesales and Project Management.
We are passionate about delivering a service that enables our clients to develop high quality apprenticeship and talent programmes that offer real value to the business. Our IT and Telecommunications apprenticeship programmes are approved by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
About Bletchley Park Qufaro
Bletchley Park Qufaro was formed in 2015 with the aim of growing the national cyber security talent pool by finding and developing talented individuals from across the UK and to provide support to enable them to enter university, apprenticeships and employment.
Qufaro has developed and successfully delivered the UK’s first and only EPQ in Cyber Security. This was developed by a consortium of education and cyber security partners to help provide a starting point for anyone considering a career in cyber security. The qualification is taught using distance learning tools with its content guided by the National Occupational Standards in cyber security.
Qufaro Media Contact:
Louisa Constable, Constable Communications, [email protected]