Cyber Security Apprenticeships

As the first to market for Cyber Security Apprenticeships, we have been delivering Foundation Level programmes since 2012.

QA designed and delivered the first Cyber Security Apprenticeship programme in the UK, working initially with a single Public Sector client and then extending this work to run open programmes for clients including CGI, Atos, Civil Service Departments and the National Grid.

Over the last 8 years, QA has delivered our programme to over 250 Cyber Apprentices. This provision is expanding rapidly, particularly through QA’s work with Critical National Infrastructure companies. This has been in partnership with DCMS. These apprentices are initially working towards Level 4 and it is expected that a high proportion will progress on to a Degree Apprenticeship after completion of their current programme.

Our programmes are a blend of high quality classroom training, digital virtual learning and on-the-job experience and the attainment of Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist qualifications. Programme units, structured around knowledge modules, projects, summative portfolios and interviews cover a number of fundamental Cyber Security principles, including:

Understanding Cyber Threats and Mitigations

Setting Up, Configuring and Securing Networks

Open Source Intelligence and Security Operations

Understanding Cryptography and its Application within Businesses

Ethical Hacking

Developing Penetration Testing Skills and Effective Incident Response

Simulated Attack and Defence in the QA Cyber Labs

QA’s Apprenticeship Division was launched in 2009 and has helped employers recruit and train over 14,000 young people into new jobs in the last 8 years. QA was judged ‘Outstanding’ in all categories by Ofsted at our last inspection in 2013. Our approach incorporates three main strands: