The demand for cybersecurity professionals across all industries is growing exponentially. This page is designed for practitioners and employers with plans to implement a youth IT apprenticeship with a specialization in cybersecurity.
As attacks on our nation’s digital infrastructure increase, the disparity between open positions and qualified candidates becomes more apparent. According to Cyberseek, as of September 2020, more than 520,000 cybersecurity jobs remain unfilled.
Tools to help plan, develop, and execute an impactful cybersecurity youth apprenticeship.
Organizations to Help Build Your Program
Cyber Apprenticeships and Minority Business Enterprises (Podcast) - In this Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Podcast representatives from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center discuss the need for more supplier diversity in government contracts and the importance of having highly skilled cyber staff to protect U.S. resources.
What Makes A Cybersecurity Apprenticeship a Success? (Webinar) - This webinar shows how apprenticeships are enhancing the cybersecurity workforce in California, Phoenix, the mid-Atlantic, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It also follows the career journey of a cybersecurity professional, providing insight on what an apprentice or job seeker in this sector might expect once they are job ready.
Cybersecurity Career Paths (And the Training to Get You There) - This blog explores four popular security careers: Security Architect, Security Consultant, Penetration Tester/Ethical Hacker, and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). It outlines the training and certifications each requires, traces the likely educational and occupational pathway to each position and lists the entry-level IT jobs that a fledging cybersecurity professional might pursue.
Exemplar Programs/Effective Practices
UMBC Cybersecurity Apprenticeship and Pre-apprenticeship
Blue Ridge Community College Cybersecurity Technician Registered Apprenticeships
Secure Managed Instructional Systems, LLC (SEMAIS)
Tech Quest Apprenticeship
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies
Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program
EVENTS & CONVENINGS
Convenings that bring together critical stakeholders to discuss needs, devise solutions and highlight promising practices from the field.
DOL YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP INVESTMENTS/PARTNERSHIPS
Youth Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Initiative Offers Support for a Growing Career Pathway