Off the job training
Can I start a cyber security apprenticeship during COVID lockdown, social distancing restrictions or furlough?
Yes. Provisions have been put into place to deliver apprenticeship training and tutor support virtually.
In fact, we offer 2 types of cyber security apprenticeship programme. One of which is an initial 13 week virtual training bootcamp, which may be perfect for furloughed or remote working employees.
Anyone aged over 16 in England who is employed, spends at least 50% of working time in England and is not already in full-time education. Apprenticeships are for new employees and also upskilling current employees. There is no age limit on apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed to train people for specific job roles. Apprentices get a paying job with valuable training while they work towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard.
- Off-the-job training must make up at least 20% of the apprentice’s normal working hours (paid hours excluding overtime) over the planned duration of the apprenticeship.
- Off-the-job training can be delivered in the apprentice’s normal workplace, at an external location or virtually.
- Progress reviews and on-programme assessment do not count towards 20% off-the-job training.
- Teaching new knowledge, skills and behaviours relevant to the apprenticeship standard, within the apprentice’s normal working hours (paid hours excluding overtime).
- Could include:
- Master Class / Classroom
- Interactive workbook
- Virtual classroom
- Professional qualification study
- Practical Training (eg shadowing / mentoring)
- Job Rotation
- Simulation / role play
- Completion of reflective learning log
- Learning and Support sessions
- Gateway preparation
An apprenticeship is a work-based programme so all off-the-job training must take place within the apprentice’s normal working hours*. If planned off-the-job training is unable to take place, it must be rearranged. Apprentices may choose to spend additional time training outside paid hours, but this must not be required to complete the apprenticeship.
Start your cyber security career with IT Fundamentals training from CompTIA
All cyber security careers require a foundational knowledge in IT and the IT Fundamentals training from CompTIA is a great first step in achieving this.