CIISec believes passionately in attracting and encouraging new people into the field of cyber security, and apprenticeships are a key feature in this initiative. CIISec has played a major role in working with Qufaro, BCS, CompTia and others to develop a Cyber Security Technician Standard at Level 3; this Standard has recently been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE). We believe this Standard will be a major factor in attracting young people into the profession at the grassroots level. All apprentices who successfully complete the End Point Assessment for the Cyber Security Technician Standard will be eligible for Accredited Affiliate Membership of CIISec.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is when an individual works and learns at the same time. As an apprentice, you will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay. At the end of your apprenticeship you will gain a qualification alongside great experience and knowledge. 

Who is an apprenticeship for?

Apprenticeships can be a suitable option for anyone. You will probably be surprised to learn that you can achieve a full HND Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a degree apprenticeship, so it’s worth doing your research to see if you can achieve your career goal by following the apprenticeship pathway.

What kind of apprenticeships are there?

There are apprenticeships available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels. These cover more than 1,500 job roles across 170 industries, from Nursing to Graphic Design, Horticulture to Electric Vehicle Engineering, Advertising to Nuclear Decommissioning. You could start an apprenticeship at any age, as long as you are aged 16 and have completed year 11. Apprenticeships start throughout the year and you can be an apprentice at any working age – even in your 30s, 40s etc.

Improves productivity and quality

"Employers who have an established apprenticeship programme reported that productivity in their workplace had improved by 76% whilst 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service”  

Never too old!

Don’t assume you’re too old to do an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships for over 25s are increasingly common and it might be the perfect way for you to change career.