Wokingham (UK), September 2018 - Bletchley Park Qufaro and GK Apprenticeships (GKA) are pleased to announce the signing of a Heads of Agreement to jointly develop and deliver cybersecurity apprenticeships. These apprenticeships are designed to address the significant cyberskills shortage in the UK and, in due course, international markets.
According to (ISC)2’s latest Global Information Security Workforce Study, there could be up to 1.8 million information security-related roles unfilled worldwide by 2022. In Europe, the shortfall is projected to be about 350,000, with the UK's share of unfilled cybersecurity jobs expected to be around 100,000.
The partnership between GKA and Qufaro will provide scalable and high-quality training to be delivered to the full spectrum of employers, ranging from large corporates to small and medium-sized enterprises.
Qufaro brings its experience of delivering online vocational cyber education, as well as hosting specific training at its offices in iconic Bletchley Park. Qufaro already delivers an Extended Project Qualification, accredited by City & Guilds and recognised by the Institute of Information Security Professions (IISP), which can be a feeder into the apprenticeship programme. Qufaro will also draw on its extensive industry network and partners to ensure the qualification is robustly designed to meet the needs of a wide range of employers seeking cyber professionals.
GKA delivers award-winning bespoke apprenticeship programmes that are facilitated by its sister company, Global Knowledge (a worldwide leader in IT and professional training). GKA can deliver soft skills training to ensure all apprentices have the best content and pathway for their respective roles. They are also a Pearson, City & Guilds, BCS, and EAL accredited centre.
Paul Freeman, Director of Education and Talent at GKA said, "This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the world's most iconic brands, and together we can make a valuable difference, not just within the UK industry but to expand internationally." Freeman continued, "We see continuous examples of cybersecurity threats to both the businesses we work in as well as our personal lives, so to be in a position to help develop cybersecurity skills for the future generation is extremely rewarding."
Qufaro will be launching the National College of Cybersecurity at Bletchley Park, which will be the base for launching and delivering new qualifications in cyber security. Dr Budgie Dhanda, CEO of Qufaro, said, "Qufaro is delighted to be working with GKA, a partner with global reach and an established excellent reputation for delivering apprenticeships. Together, we will accelerate the delivery of Qufaro's mission and support many more people into the cyber professions."