Bletchley Park Qufaro and Global Knowledge Apprenticeships (GKA), have launched their Level 4 cybersecurity apprenticeship to the market.

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 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. Europe alone faces a projected cybersecurity skills gap of 350,000 workers by 2022, according to a survey by information security certification body (ISC)². 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.

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