Wednesday, 5 March 2014

National Apprenticeship Week in Worcester: Apprentices in Cyber Security

National Apprenticeship Week 2014 sets the spotlight on apprentices all over UK. Last year’s events and media exposure have increased apprenticeship vacancies by 20% in the West Midlands, over August to October 2013.

Here, at Titania, we are aware of how important it is to offer young people an opportunity at the beginning of their career. As an expanding cyber security company, we want people to grow and develop alongside us.

Apprenticeships in Worcester have increased considerably as well. This week, we featured in the news, next to Hewett Recruitment, Worcester College of Technology, Mazak and Sanctuary Group, The Community Housing Group. The wide range of apprentice positions varies from social media, to engineering, HR, plumbing and cyber security.

Cyber security is still a new industry for school-leavers. As it stands, only 7% of infosec professionals are under the age of 29, and a mere 17% of the total IT workforce is female. An initiative called e-skills was launched to address these problems. Through strategic partnerships with the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster and a consortium of key employers, their efforts are starting to make a difference to the world of cyber security.

Despite being a young business, we recognised the need for new talent in the industry and took on a bright apprentice with no previous experience in cyber security. Three years later, Edwin Bentley is one of the key developers of Titania’s Nipper Studio security auditing software which is supplied to 60 countries worldwide, and has become an invaluable member of the team. Certainly for us, apprenticeships have proven to be a great success, for both the company and for Edwin in his career.

As the company matured, we continued to take on people that can grow alongside the business and now we have two more apprentices; Max MacFarlane in the development team and Luke Willmore learning the administrative side of the business. We would like to thank them for their hard work and also acknowledge the dedication of our more experienced staff for doing an excellent job at training our apprentices. 

Why not join us and the rest of the country, this week, in celebrating all the young people who decided to give it a go and learn something new. Well done, apprentices!

If you are an employer, or an apprentice in cyber security we would like to hear from you, in the comment section below.

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