Cybersecurity training company CAPSLOCK and BAE Systems, a global leader in defence, aerospace and security solutions, have launched a new partnership, designed to provide learners with the knowledge and hands-on experience they need to join the UK’s growing cybersecurity sector.
This move is particularly significant given that the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) reported that almost half (49%) of all cyber firms have faced problems as a result of the skills gap, either among existing staff or job applicants. Additionally, the cybersecurity recruitment pool faces an estimated shortfall of over 14,000 people.
BAE Systems is sponsoring the CAPSLOCK certified cyber security practitioner course with fully funded places for successful applicants provided by the UK Government’s Skills Bootcamp funding, as part of its Lifetime Skills Guarantee. The four month online training course starts on 27 November and will train 40 new cyber security professionals by March 2024.
Learners will gain core technical and non-technical skills in areas such as governance, risk and compliance, offensive and defensive security and business resilience. BAE Systems’ sponsorship means that everyone who graduates from the course will secure an interview with the Company for upcoming cyber roles across its UK businesses.
The partnership aims to empower aspiring cybersecurity professionals, boost DE&I efforts, and address the cybersecurity skills gap. Additionally, on successful completion of the course, all learners will be offered a guaranteed interview opportunity with BAE systems.
Andrea Cullen, CEO, CAPSLOCK, said: “We are delighted to partner with BAE Systems to launch this new initiative. Cybersecurity skills are a critical component of the UK’s future success and through this partnership with BAE Systems we will provide learners with the skills they need to successfully achieve a career in cybersecurity. We are excited to see how this partnership with BAE Systems grows in the future and we are committed to delivering the highest quality of training to learners, providing them with the skills that industry really requires.”
Mary Haigh, Chief Information and Security Officer at BAE Systems, said: “Cybersecurity skills are one of the most in-demand recruitment areas so we’re partnering with CAPSLOCK and the UK Government’s Skills Bootcamp initiative to support avenues to these exciting roles. The CAPSLOCK Cyber Security course is a proven foundation for aspiring cyber professionals which paves the way for those with no industry experience but who demonstrate clear aptitudes and attitudes. This ensures we recruit from a wealth of diverse talent across the UK.”
The course starts on Monday 27 November and will run for 16 weeks. Interested potential applicants are invited to apply on the CAPSLOCK website https://capslock.ac/bae-skills-bootcamp