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The University of Gloucestershire has a long-standing commitment to supporting business. With eight university schools on campuses in Cheltenham and Gloucester, it has the expertise to support organizations at every stage of their development, including at its renowned business school.
It helps develop talent through its accredited professional programs, including its executive degree apprenticeships.
With hundreds of millions of pounds set to be poured into the creation of Cyber Central UK alongside GCHQ, jobs in the sector are set to follow, and the University of Gloucestershire is at the forefront to ensure the county has the right skills to capitalize on the opportunity. .
We focus on one of the roles that are expected to be in high demand, the university’s new cybersecurity technical professional degree apprenticeship and why you should consider the qualification.
1. Fastest growing industry
If you’re pursuing a career in cybersecurity, you’re aiming for a job in one of the fastest growing sectors, not just in IT, but in the UK, particularly in Gloucestershire. Cybersecurity jobs offer the potential for above-average earnings as well as interesting and challenging work.
With age restrictions on apprenticeships lifted and many businesses now able to access government funding, you don’t need to start your working life for learning the Technical Vocational Diploma in Cyber Security to make sense.
2. Talent shortage
Not only is the University of Gloucestershire planning ahead in rolling out its cybersecurity technical professional degree apprenticeship, but it is addressing a talent shortage that already exists.
Half of companies surveyed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2022 said they had a basic technical skills gap – with one in three admitting an advanced skills gap, but 37% of all vacancies for cyber roles since January 2019 have been difficult to fill.
3. High earning potential
The shortage of skilled labor is inevitably accompanied by a strong demand from companies, which see the wages they are willing to pay for the right people going in one direction.
According to the Cyber Security Jobs website, PayScale research shows that cybersecurity professionals earn an average of £42,000 a year, with senior managers and specialists earning significantly more. Salaries above £30,000 are not uncommon, even for entry-level positions.
4. Variety of career options
The range of roles within the industry known as ‘cybersecurity’ is vast, providing a wide range of career options and an engaging career path for those with the right qualifications and skills that thrive in a challenge.
According to figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, some of the most in-demand roles in cyberspace include engineers, security managers, analysts, consultants and architects.
5. Job satisfaction
In a world where challenges are ever-changing and the consequences of a data breach could be enormous, being on the front lines to protect these businesses and organizations and win the battle can be extremely rewarding.
If you like working in a pressured environment, enjoy solving puzzles, and working in a team, you could help make all the difference for those who need to ensure their cybersecurity is in good hands – and you’ll be too. found a rewarding career.
6. Range of sectors
With the right skills, you could work for some of the most innovative and dynamic companies in the county in almost any industry, but the most common industries are consulting, finance and insurance, IT, aerospace and defense, communications, public sector and retail.
A third of cybersecurity jobs are in London, but Gloucestershire has the largest cluster of companies in the sector outside the capital and with the upcoming Golden Valley development set to only grow.
By Andrew Merrel
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