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Employers needed to help keep 20 top cyber degree apprentices in Gloucestershire

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 19 June 2020 7:54

Employers needed to help keep 20 top cyber degree apprentices in Gloucestershire

Twenty “outstanding candidates” have been offered conditional places on the new cyber degree apprenticeship course at Gloucestershire College – but need an employer to start their cyber-career with. 

The three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship programme delivered in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE), which has cyber training programmes accredited by the NCSC (The National Cyber Security Centre).  

“In order to prevent these talented individuals from leaving Gloucestershire, we need businesses to provide them with cyber roles within their organisation so they can start their degree apprenticeship. 

“Whilst we very much understand there are currently a lot of businesses who are not in the position to recruit, we strongly urge those that are to step forward.” Andy Bates, vice principal of the college and its chief financial officer. 

The college is so impressed with and confident in its assessment of the candidates it predicts each “will undoubtedly make their mark in the cyber industry”.  

In answer to the question ‘now will hiring a cyber degree apprentice benefit your business?’ the college describes the apprenticeship course as “a low-cost way to bring new talent into your organisation”. 

“Recruitment is free and the training is funded either by your levy, or you pay just five per cent of the bill (the government funds the rest) 

“What they learn will be tailored to your business – the programmes you use and the challenges you face. 

“It will change your business for the better – 78 per cent of employers report improved productivity after recruiting an apprentice,” said a statement from the college. 

It added: “The UK has one of the most vibrant digital economies in the world; however, there is not currently the tech skills base to match. 

“Hiring an experienced cyber professional can be very challenging as they’re in high demand, not to mention expensive. It’s far more effective to grow your own talent in-house through apprenticeships 

“Cybercrime is the number one threat to all UK businesses. Whether you are in the cyber industry or not, the security of your business should be your highest priority.” 

If you think your business could be in the position to recruit a cyber degree apprentice from September and would like further information on what’s involved, please contact Gloucestershire College’s Business Hub team via: business.hub@gloscol.ac.uk.  

To find out more about Gloucestershire College’s new Cyber Degree Apprenticeship and their partnership with UWE Bristol, please visit: http://www.gloscol.ac.uk/campaigns/cyber-security-apprenticeships/