Growing cybersecurity talent in the Highlands

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Capgemini and Inverness College UHI join forces to deliver a Modern Apprenticeship in Information Security in the Highlands and Islands to meet the rising demand for cybersecurity skills.

With the number of people working in the ICT and digital technologies sector expected to increase 15% by 2020, Capgemini is the first organisation to register its employees to the apprenticeship programme with Inverness College UHI, tailoring the scheme to meet our specific needs.

The programme will require students to study towards the SVQ (Scottish Vocational Qualification), while covering everything from information governance to threat to information security, security testing and risk management, as well as sitting two cybersecurity operations exams, accredited by worldwide IT leader CISCO.

Capgemini employees will attend Inverness College once a week and an Inverness College UHI assessor will visit the workplace to assess the apprentices. The Modern Apprenticeship will be delivered at both Level 6 (the equivalent of a National Certificate) and Level 8 (equivalent to a Higher National Diploma).

With 500 Capgemini employees currently working in Inverness, including the 80 in our Highlands Security Operations Centre, this new apprenticeship programme will upskill existing and new staff in support of the growing cybersecurity delivery. Darren Robbins, Senior Security Consultant at Capgemini, commented: “Cybersecurity is an exciting area to build a career in, but it’s also still a relatively new field and there is a nationwide skills gap that we need to tackle to secure the future of our business, our clients, society and the local economy. We’ve been welcoming apprentices in our Highlands centre since 2012 and are confident that this new, highly specialised cyber security apprenticeship programme is the right route to achieving this goal. We look forward to supporting our apprentices as they develop their skills and gain recognised industry qualifications.”

To learn more about our cybersecurity capabilities visit our page here and to discover roles available at Capgemini, visit our Careers page.

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