The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) pilot identified seven initiatives that will be supported by funding from the National Cyber Security Programme. These initiatives will allow more people to benefit from fantastic cyber security training opportunities, no matter what their background.
The CSIIF will be expanded, with a further opportunity for organisations to bid for funding in late summer 2018.
About the Fund
The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund aims to quickly increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK’s booming cyber security sector. This is one of a range of initiatives designed in support of the National Cyber Security Strategy aim of developing a sustainable supply of home grown cyber security talent in the UK.
The Fund works by making funding available to a range of organisations to help develop new, creative and innovative approaches, or to scale up existing initiatives, that help more adults get into the cyber security profession quickly. There is a strong focus on sustainability of the initiatives to ensure they continue to contribute towards a growing and vibrant cyber security training ecosystem.
The CSIIF pilot was launched in February 2018, with seven initiatives identified for funding. The Fund will be opened again in late summer 2018. Further details will be added to this page in due course.
There are seven initiatives receiving funding through the CSIIF pilot. These will be run by CompTIA, Immersive Labs, PGI Cyber Academy, the National Autistic Society (NAS), UK Cyber Security Forum Community Interest Company (CIC), Youth Fed and the Integrate Agency CIC.
Immersive Labs - The Neurodivergent Digital Cyber Academy
The Neurodivergent Digital Cyber Academy is designed to help neurodiverse candidates develop their cyber security skills through hands-on practical challenges. Immersive Labs have developed a browser based, practical learning environment that caters for those with a range of skills. Based on their skill level, participants will have access to apply for cyber jobs with employers who are signed up to the platform. For more information, please visit www.ndca.immersivelabs.online/register.
PGI Cyber Academy - Lifelong learning career paths for Women Cyber Security Professionals
This initiative is for candidates to undertake a professional conversion programme into entry-level cyber security jobs, focusing on both technical and non-technical disciplines, with paid employment commencing before training starts. This is being implemented by PGI’s certified Cyber Academy supported by recruitment specialists, Hawker Chase. For more information, please contact email@example.com or contact PGI Customer Services on 0207 887 2699.
CompTIA - Cyber Ready
The CompTIA Cyber Ready initiative is a six-month programme for candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to upskill around existing work and caring requirements to become ready for a career in cyber security. Participants could potentially become certified as CompTIA Security+ and Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) professionals. CompTIA is a non-profit, international trade association. For more information, please visit https://certification.comptia.org/why-certify/cyber-ready or contact CyberReady@comptia.org.
The Integrate Agency CIC - Cyber Safe Lambeth
This initiative is a Brixton-based programme which will provide lone parents in Lambeth with practical cyber security training, with the aim of creating a thriving community of cyber security expertise in Lambeth. The Integrate Agency CIC is a social enterprise that will partner with Battersea Power Station Foundation to deliver this programme. For more information, please visit www.integrateagency.co.uk or contact CyberSafeLambeth@integrateagency.co.uk.
Youth Fed - Cyber Threat Hub Academy
Youth Fed is piloting a Cyber Security Operations Centre (SOC) based in Salford, which aims to provide real-world work experience for young adults interested in a career in cyber security. Youth Fed is a youth charity, who will be partnering with Raytheon UK and a number of other organisations to deliver the initiative. For more information, please visit www.youthfed.org.uk or contact MatthewW@youthfed.org.
National Autistic Society (NAS) - NAS Enterprise Cyber Security Programme
This initiative will develop an autism specific apprenticeship scheme for the cyber security industry, supporting candidates through both the cyber security training and preparation for employment. The NAS is a UK-based charity for autistic people and their families, who will deliver this training at the Anderson School and Enterprise Campus in Essex. For more information, please visit www.autism.org.uk or contact Emma.Kearns@nas.org.uk.
This initiative has set up a Community Cyber Security Centre in Worcester, with the aim of training neurodiverse individuals in cyber security, while developing services to protect the internet access of vulnerable members of society. The UK Cyber Security Forum is a social enterprise representing sole traders and small and medium companies (SMEs) actively working in cyber security. For more information, please visit: www.ukcybersecurityforum.com/community-soc.
How do I find out more?
If you are interested in taking part in, or want to find out more about the pilot initiatives, please contact the providers directly with the contract information above. In advance of the roll-out of the CSIIF in late summer, DCMS are also keen to engage with stakeholders from across the cyber ecosystem about the design of the fund. Please contact the DCMS team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved.