For Industry

The demand for cyber security professionals is increasing rapidly, and the threat landscape continues to diversify. We need to build a cohesive skills strategy to address the challenges we face. The UTC Cyber Group serves as a channel to drive the focus for cyber skills across the national UTC network for government and industry.

As an industry partner, your organisation can support student skills development in various ways:

Programme of workshops delivered at the UTC (half day or full day):

  • Governance
  • Defend
  • Detect
  • Respond / Consult
  • Future Technologies

Other value add activities:

  • Work experience placements (one or two weeks)
  • Industrial placements (45-60 days)
  • Vendor product training & certification
  • Mock interviews
  • Mentoring
  • Site visits
  • Teacher skills training

Challenges and Opportunities

T Levels

The Department for Education is introducing a new qualifications framework, T Levels. These will be available for UTCs and colleges to deliver in September 2021. If a UTC is to consider delivering the cyber security specialism, we must be confident in securing 20 industrial placements –per year to satisfy a full cohort of students, each of which must complete a minimum of 45 days in an industrial placement, a modern equivalent of what has been called for many years ‘work experience’. This placement must provide a student with the opportunity to undertake tasks that complement their studies, i.e. configuration and administration of switches/routers, firewalls, IDS/IPS, AV, and other security technologies.

We need to start working with industry to specify how these industrial placements can be facilitated. Without placements UTCs and colleges, will be unable to run the qualifications needed by industry.

The UTC Cyber Group serves as a channel to address this challenge within the technical skills landscape.