Lancashire businesses invest in cyber skills through new apprenticeship

North West Training Provider, Training 2000 have launched a new Cyber Security apprenticeship that will help businesses to gain critical skills to protect their organisations.

With cyber crime damage set to rise to $6 trillion annually by 2021, there is never a better time to invest in practical cyber security training for your staff. The Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist higher apprenticeship is available for organisations that want to take advantage of government funding or want to spend their levy money by investing in cyber security training.

Sarah Green, Business Manager for Cyber Security at Training 2000 Ltd: “Following the apprenticeship reform which took place earlier this year, there are now no restrictions for who can qualify for an apprenticeship, regardless of age or previous qualifications, so naturally this is a great opportunity for upskilling existing staff members who are gaining more responsibility for cyber security in their roles;”

“It’s very cost effective with either the course costs being drawn down from the organisation’s levy fund that they are already paying into each month, or for the smaller organisations, just a 10% co-investment cost. It’s almost too good to be true.”

The first cohort of apprentices is already underway, and has attracted staff from East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, local animal feed manufacturer Dugdale Nutrition and IT suppliers Holker IT and Eventura. Training 2000 are hoping to start a second cohort from January 2018.

The apprentices range in age from 20’s through to 50’s and example job titles include IT Managers, Information Security Managers, Technical Account Managers and IT Trainers. The programme will equip the apprentices with a critical set of skills with which to protect their own organisations, and even those of their clients, whilst practicing their learning on the job.

Sarah says: “This programme is a big step into a new field for Training 2000 and we feel that it provides our local employers with a really great opportunity to take advantage of. We are able to support with accessing funding, harnessing fantastic talent and in supporting our employers in providing great career opportunities, whilst preparing for the future at the same time.”

If you are interested in learning more about the apprenticeship, either as an employer or a prospective learner, please contact Training 2000 directly.

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