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‘Earn while you learn’ approach to help close cyber skills gap

Improving training delivery

The cyber threat is becoming more sophisticated every year and the cyber security sector is suffering from a skills deficit.

DSO joined forces with the Canberra Cyber Hub to create the Cyber Security Work Integrated Learning Pilot. Co-designed with industry, its aim is to help close the skills gap between training, education and the workplace – delivering job-ready employees to employers, fast.

The pilot offers Canberra cyber businesses the opportunity to work with capable interns, some holding security clearances and with prior learning in the industry, to expand their business offerings and Canberra’s cyber workforce.

For interns, it provides a combination of on-the-job training and world-class training, enabling them to earn while they learn and get certified to secure their future.

The pilot started in April 2023. Demand from employers and interns exceeded the places available by more than 100%.

“This is proving to be a great opportunity for companies to access funded cyber training so they have staff with the right skills to hit the ground running. This training is skills led and uses micro-credentials, which we think is the way to go”

Karen Schilling
Director, Canberra Cyber Hub

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