A 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint was announced at the recent National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit at the White House as part of new efforts to train “a skilled and diverse cybersecurity workforce.”
“With approximately 700,000 cybersecurity positions open, America faces a national security challenge that must be tackled aggressively, the summit briefing said.
The 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint, which is now underway, will help “protect our critical infrastructure, advance our digital way of life, strengthen our economy, and improve access to cybersecurity career paths for underrepresented communities, especially women, people of color, veterans, and people with disabilities,” said Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh in the announcement.
The Sprint also aims to:
- Increase awareness of current successful cybersecurity-related Registered Apprenticeship programs
- Recruit employers to explore Registered Apprenticeship and partner with National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) to help meet critical cybersecurity workforce needs
- Connect career seekers to cybersecurity apprenticeship opportunities