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5 January, 2019 - 16:18 By Kate Sweeney

Cyber security apprenticeship launched

Bletchley Park Qufaro and Global Knowledge Apprenticeships have launched a Level 4 cyber security apprenticeship to the market.

The decision follows increasing demand from employers who need to build greater in-depth knowledge of the cyber security issues facing business  and how best to tackle them. 

Bletchley Park Qufaro was formed in 2015 with the aim of growing the national cyber security talent pool by finding and developing talented individuals from across the UK and to provide support to enable them to enter university, apprenticeships and employment. 

It has developed and successfully delivered the UK’s first and only EPQ in cyber security. This was developed by a consortium of education and cyber security partners to help provide a starting point for anyone considering a career in the sector. 

The qualification is taught using distance learning tools with its content guided by the National Occupational Standards in cyber security.

Dr Budgie Dhanda CEO of Qufaro, explained: “This Cyber Apprenticeship differs from many others in that it not only meets the needs of the apprenticeship standard, but also the National Occupational Standards that were developed jointly by industry and government. The programme will be predominantly delivered from the iconic location of Bletchley Park, immersing learners in the fantastic heritage and legacy the place brings.”

The apprenticeship programme will be delivered by GKA –  a Pearson, City & Guilds, BCS and EAL accredited centre in conjunction with Qufaro.  
Paul Freeman, director of education and talent at GKA said: “These apprenticeships are designed to address the significant cyber skills shortage in the workplace.

“Europe alone faces a projected cybersecurity skills gap of 350,000 workers by 2022, according to a survey by information security certification body ISC. We want to provide prospective employers with a truly aspirational programme that develops our future talent and helps future-proof capabilities into the next generation.” 

UK’s first digital air traffic control centre opens at Cranfield

Cranfield Airport’s new digital air traffic control centre officially opened by the Aviation Minister, Liz Sugg is the first in the UK. 

Over the next few months, the airport will continue its work with the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, in order to complete the transition from a traditional air traffic control tower to the new digital centre, providing a high-quality air traffic control service.

Supplied by Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, the innovative technology replicates what can be seen through the windows of a traditional air traffic control tower.
It enables smarter approaches to air traffic control by digitising and integrating airport functions and improves a controller’s situational awareness, enabling quick and informed decisions.

Sugg, said: “Cranfield’s new control centre is a fantastic example of harnessing technology to improve the efficiency of flights.”

The new system provides controllers with a 360-degree view of the airport and the ability to zoom-in on aircraft, improving visibility.

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