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Traineeship program for cyber security roles

A new traineeship program is set to help fill the more than 7,000 cyber security roles predicted to be needed by 2024.

23 November 2021

Employment services provider, Asuria, and coding education specialists, Junior Engineers, announced the exclusive partnership to devise and deliver cyber security qualifications as part of their delivery of federal government employment services such as Transition to Work, jobactive, ParentsNext and Disability Employment Services.

The partnership between Asuria’s education and training arm, Australian Employment and Training Solutions (AETS), and Junior Engineers, will create specially tailored traineeships for the National Certificate III in Information Technology (cyber security) qualification, with the goal of filling up to thousands of roles for which university degrees are not a prerequisite.

In 2020, AustCyber, a not-for-profit organisation, estimated there would be a critical shortage of 18,000 cyber security specialists in Australia because of a lack of education and training available.

The program, announced on Monday (22 November), will be delivered as a traineeship, which allows participants to gain a nationally recognised qualification by combining employment and training. Participants will be placed with host employers, where they will be paid for receiving real-world experience and training in areas such as cyber security risk management and incident response.

It is hoped the program will create opportunities for school leavers, job seekers, job changers, and people with disabilities.

Work has started on establishing a network of employment partners for on-the-job training to meet the existing demand from employers looking to recruit more than 2,000 cyber security and IT specialists over the next 18 months.

“The cyber security skills shortage should be an issue high on everyone’s agenda, as we face the frightening prospect of falling behind when it comes to protecting individuals and organisations from increasingly malicious and sophisticated online attacks,” said Matthew Smith, executive director at AETS.

“While employers are desperate to fill cyber security roles, our current education and training programs don’t cast a wide enough net among a nascent labour market with the potential to solve this critical skills shortfall.”

Con Kittos, CEO and chairman of Asuria, said with the government’s range of employment programs, the new partnership would be able to directly address the cyber security skills shortage, fast-tracking suitable candidates into ready and waiting roles, while giving Australians the opportunity to embark on exciting new careers by gaining skills that will last them a lifetime.

Meanwhile, Adam Jacobs, managing director of the EdTech Group and Junior Engineers, said the program supported the Australian government’s vision to create a more secure online world for Australian businesses, their employees, and the essential services upon which we all depend.

Registrations for the new programs are expected to be open in early 2022. Those interested in applying can contact Asuria or Junior Engineers for more details.

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