|Many more than 23 Apprentices will be required to meet the UK’s need for cyber security experts|
Almost 1,250 people applied in 3-week application period for 23 apprentice roles as part of a bold new pilot scheme to help protect the nation’s critical national infrastructure from cyber threats and attacks. The apprenticeships in Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) scheme aims to help develop tomorrow’s online security professionals and tackle the risk of a future skills shortage.The successful recruits will be employed in energy, water and transport companies which cyber criminals could target. 13 firms including Northern Powergrid and Network Rail are taking part in the initiative. The scheme will see the apprentices receive around 60 days of specialist classroom and lab training alongside their on-the-job education where there will work with existing cyber security professionals. This will help them develop skills to become cyber security professionals in under two years.