Raytheon launched a new cybersecurity apprenticeship programme in the UK in the latest stage of a £2m investment benefitting British technology education.
The new programme will provide opportunities for 70 cyber apprentices each year, with plans in place to certify around 280 over four years.
“By 2021, there will be an estimated shortage of 3 million information security workers worldwide,” said James Gray, managing director, cyber and intelligence, Raytheon UK. “Our apprenticeship programme provides training that will both attract and prepare a new generation of cybersecurity experts in the UK who can keep us ahead of emerging threats.”
The new two-year programme will offer an alternative career path to three and four-year degree courses. Apprenticeships like this develop in-house skills to face the mounting threat posed by cyber attacks. There are two specialist tracks: cyber intrusion analysts and cybersecurity technologists.
Apprentices will be paid full-time employees and will build skills by combining job experience with teaching sessions and lab time. At the end of the two-year course, successful candidates will be certified as qualified security practitioners.
Raytheon’s education investments include a Cyber Academy, which provides university students with an intense three-day workshop and capstone exercise on security skills, as well as bursaries offered to support specialist cyber education, workshops and mini-camps.
Claire Gillespie, sector manager for digital technologies at Skills Development Scotland (SDS) said: “Raytheon’s investment in cyber security apprenticeships shows how employers in this fast-growing sector can use work-based learning to attract new recruits and develop fresh talent in order to meet their skills needs.
“Scotland's digital sector offers a wealth of opportunities, and through SDS’s work with the industry and a number of other partners, a wide range of pathways such as apprenticeships are now available for those looking to launch a digital career.”
Raytheon already provides hundreds of UK apprenticeships in engineering, in partnership with commercial businesses, as well as the UK’s armed forces.
With facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester and Manchester, Raytheon UK is invested in the British workforce and the development of UK technology. Across the country, the company employs 1,700 people and supports 9,000 jobs. As a prime contractor and major supplier to the U.K. Ministry of Defence and other government departments, Raytheon continues to invest in research & development, supporting innovation and technological advances across the country.
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