Cyber Security Technologist

The Cyber Security Apprenticeship equips individuals to apply their understanding of cyber security principles to safeguard organisations, systems, sensitive information, personal data, and individuals from unauthorised access and malicious attacks.

The realm of cyber security is a rapidly expanding industry, responding to the escalating threats posed by malware, ransomware, phishing, DDoS attacks, and hacking. Organisations of all sizes seek the expertise of cyber security professionals to fortify their commercial and financial data, websites, infrastructure, and customer information.

In an era where nearly all personal data is stored digitally, cyber security breaches have the potential to devastate businesses and individuals alike. High-profile attacks, such as those targeting the NHS, Yahoo, and LinkedIn, underscore the urgency for organisations to fortify their defences against potential leaks. Indeed, almost half of all UK businesses encountered some form of cyber attack within the past year, underscoring the critical need for cyber security experts to respond effectively to such threats.

Cyber Security Technologists play a vital role in understanding security concepts, employing technology, and mitigating risks stemming from cyber threats. Their responsibilities vary, encompassing technical tasks, analytical duties, and business or user-focused initiatives. Regardless of the specific role, individuals in this field work within legal and regulatory frameworks across various sectors to implement and maintain robust cyber security measures.

The Cyber Security Technologist standard offers three distinct pathways, ensuring apprentices become proficient in one of the following:

  1. The Cyber Security Engineer role focuses intensely on technology, involving the design, construction, and testing of secure networks or security systems, with a keen emphasis on security aspects during the design phase.
  2. Cyber Risk Analysts concentrate on risk assessment, analysis, and advising on risk mitigation strategies. They may support formal security governance, regulatory compliance, and risk management.
  3. Cyber Defenders & Responders are operationally oriented, responsible for configuring and operating secure systems to pre-empt security breaches, as well as monitoring systems to swiftly detect and respond to security incidents.

Apprenticeship Information

Cyber Security Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships can play a key role in developing a business and securing success in achieving business targets and goals. When used correctly, an apprenticeship programme can be highly relevant to fill skill gaps for specific roles.

Our delivery model and partnered approach, ensures your business benefits from the apprenticeship programme.

The key roles for a Cyber Security apprentice are:

  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Cyber Security Architect
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • IT Security Technician
  • Embedded Engineer
  • Cyber Risk Analyst
  • Intelligence Researcher
  • Forensics & Incident Response Analyst

Apprenticeship Structure

This apprenticeship programme runs in cohorts and have dedicated academic start dates. The apprentice will be required to attend 25 teaching and learning days for this apprenticeship programme. These teaching and learning days are a requirement for the apprentice to learn the needed knowledge, skills and behaviours to develop as a Cyber Security Technologist and to achieve their apprenticeship assessments.

Breakdown of Apprenticeship Programme

Stage 1 – Induction & Initial Assessments 
During this stage, Velocity Academy will complete the apprenticeship on-boarding process with you and your employer. During this, the apprentice will complete an induction to your apprenticeship programme and the apprentice will also complete initial screening assessments for their functional skills.

Stage 2 – Your Learning
During stage 2, the apprentice will receive their tuition attendance dates for their required apprenticeship programme. These tuition dates will be hosted through Velocity Academies Online Live Classrooms and lead by your dedicated programme lead. The apprentice and the employer will also be invited to an apprenticeship review meeting every 6 weeks with their apprenticeship programme lead. 

Stage 3 – Mock EPA Activities
As the apprentice gets towards the end of their apprenticeship programme, they will be preparing for their End-Point Assessment (EPA) activities. Consider these as the final summative assessments that will lead to the apprentice achieving their apprenticeship. During this time, the apprentice will be conducting mock assessments with their programme lead.

Stage 4 – End-Point Assessment & Graduation
This is the final stage of the apprenticeship programme. The EPA activities are lead by the awarding body and the apprentice will be allocated an assessor from the awarding body to complete their assessments with. Once the apprentice has completed these assessments and passed them, they would then be ready for graduating from their apprenticeship programme.

Apprenticeship Units

Payment Information

Apprenticeship Programme Payments

As a Non-Levy employer (SME), you’ll have an annual pay bill of under £3m. Non-Levy paying employers will share the cost of training their apprentices with government – this is called ‘co-investment’; the government pays 95% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training with the employer paying the remaining 5%.

Small, Medium Employer (under £3m annual payroll)

  • £90.00 per learner per month (5% employer contribution *10 months = £900) + VAT

Small Employer Incentive

The government recognises that smaller employers have historically played a very important role in helping young and disadvantaged people into the workforce. They continue to support small employers to take on younger Apprentices (16-18).
So, for employers with fewer than 50 employees, the government will pay 100% of the Apprenticeship training costs for these individuals.
£1,000 is available to any employer taking on a 16-18 year old apprentice, or a 19-24 year old with an EHC plan; also available for Levy employers.

Levy Employer (over £3m annual payroll)

  • On Programme: £960 per learner per month * 15 months = £14,400 (80%)
  • End Point Assessment: £3,600 (20%)
  • Total Cost = £18,000
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