New Cybersecurity Apprenticeships to Prepare the Workforce for the Future

Introducing cutting-edge Cybersecurity Digital Apprenticeships to usher In a new era of expertise and certification.

EC-Council, the inventor of the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) and a global leader in cybersecurity education, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with UK-based BIT Training (part of Blue Screen IT Ltd), which offers leading cybersecurity education as its first corporate academic partner. Under this strategic partnership, three groundbreaking cybersecurity digital apprenticeships have been introduced to present individuals with an exceptional opportunity to acquire practical expertise and recognised EC-Council certifications in cybersecurity while creating diverse pathways to thrive in this domain.

There is a heightened need for skilled and diverse cybersecurity professionals worldwide to tackle escalating security challenges and safeguard critical digital infrastructure. Apprenticeships enable individuals to acquire these skills directly from industry professionals. This collaboration marks a significant step toward addressing the talent drought and fostering innovative learning opportunities within cybersecurity.

The cybersecurity digital apprenticeships under this initiative include three distinct programmes: Cyber Security Technician Level 3, Cyber Security Technologist Level 4 (offering the Defence Response Pathway, Cyber Security Engineer Pathway, and Cyber Risk Analyst Pathway), and Digital Forensic Investigator Level 4. Apprenticeships provide businesses with access to a pool of talent who are trained to meet the specific needs of the company and offer a cost-effective alternative to hiring and training new employees.

Apprenticeships in the UK play a significant role in bridging the skills gap in cybersecurity and providing practical training that may not be otherwise available through traditional education routes. By bridging the gap between education and on-the-job training, apprenticeships enable individuals to gain experience while simultaneously earning a wage. Some key features include hands-on experience, a comprehensive curriculum covering a wide range of cybersecurity domains, expert mentors guiding apprentices throughout the program, and preparation for EC-Council certifications like the Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), Certified Cyber Technician (C|CT), Computing Hacking Forensics Investigator (C|HFI), and others. Completing these apprenticeships will open doors to various exciting career paths in cybersecurity, ranging from ethical hacking and penetration testing to security analysis and incident response. What sets these apprenticeships apart is their close alignment with the EC-Council certifications, globally recognized as the gold standard in cybersecurity. Apprentices will receive invaluable training preparing them for EC-Council certification exams and equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in their cybersecurity careers.

Jay Bavisi, President and CEO of EC-Council Group, remarked on this collaboration: “BIT Training part of Bluescreen IT Limited’s recognition as EC-Council’s corporate academic partner marks a pivotal moment in the evolution of cybersecurity education. This partnership is our collective commitment to empowering individuals with cutting-edge skills and industry-recognised certifications. Together, we are shaping the future of cybersecurity professionals, who will play a critical role in defending against evolving cyber threats.”

Dan Troke, Director of Apprenticeships at BIT Training, “Through our collaboration, our combined expertise offers an industry-first comprehensive apprenticeship programme that truly covers the latest developments in cybersecurity. Apprentices will gain access to state-of-the-art training resources, world-leading content, hands-on experiences, and guidance from industry experts, ensuring our apprentices are equipped to deal with being on the Cyber Security frontline”.

This collaboration offers a remarkable opportunity through cybersecurity digital apprenticeships for individuals passionate about cybersecurity and who want to start a career in this field.

Cybersecurity apprenticeships provide a comprehensive solution to the global talent cybersecurity gap and boost retention. They also enhance business productivity and drive long-term growth. Apprentices bring fresh perspectives and enthusiasm to the workplace, especially when they can customize their training to meet their specific needs. This not only contributes to the workforce but also boosts efficiency and productivity in the long run.

Exploring government incentives, partnering with reputable training providers, and connecting with industry networks or associations that promote apprenticeships are all ideal ways to make the most of apprenticeship opportunities. The benefits include mentorship and talent development, targeted recruitment, and long-term loyalty, ultimately shaping a skilled workforce for the future and reducing recruitment costs.

With the rapidly changing technological landscape, businesses investing in cybersecurity apprenticeships stand a better chance of attracting and retaining skilled talent.

About EC-Council

EC-Council invented the Certified Ethical Hacker. Founded in 2001 in response to 9/11, EC-Council’s mission is to provide the training and certifications apprentice and experienced cybersecurity professionals need to keep corporations, government agencies, and others who employ them safe from attack.

Best known for its Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH) program, EC-Council today offers 200 different trainings, certificates, and degrees in everything from Computer Forensic Investigation and Security Analysis to Threat Intelligence and Information Security. An ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Organization recognized under the US Defense Department Directive 8140/8570 and many other

authoritative cybersecurity bodies worldwide, the company has certified over 350,000 professionals across the globe. Trusted by seven of the Fortune 10, half of the Fortune 100, and the intelligence communities of 140 nations, EC-Council is the gold standard in cybersecurity education and certification.

A truly global organisation with a driving belief in bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to the modern cybersecurity workforce, EC-Council maintains 11 offices in the US, the UK, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. The company can be reached online at https://www.eccouncil.org/. Follow EC-Council on LinkedIn and Twitter

Mail to: press@eccouncil.org

About BIT Training:

BIT Training has provided award-winning commercial IT and Cyber Security training to support organisations and IT professionals worldwide. In April 2022, BIT Training launched its specialist apprenticeship programmes to support IT and Cyber Security careers. Working with the Tech Talent Charter, BIT Training believes in bringing together the industry to drive greater inclusion and diversity in technology roles, opening up much-needed opportunities within new recruitment channels.

Take a look at our EC-Council Apprenticeship Programmes

EC-Council Level 3 Cyber Security Technician Apprenticeship

EC-Council Level 4 Digital Forensics Technician Apprenticeship

EC-Council Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeships