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Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund

The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund aims to increase the diversity and numbers of those working in the UK's booming cyber security sector.

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New CSIIF Funding Round

  • DCMS is providing further government support to quickly increase the number and diversity of individuals entering into cyber security
  • Training providers will be able to bid for up to £100,000 per initiative to work with employers and design training programmes which retrain a diverse range of individuals for careers in cyber security
  • The deadline for applications is the 27th September 2019. Please read the Guidance for Applicants for more details

About the Fund

  • The Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund (CSIIF) 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 is open to organisations such as training providers and charities, who can demonstrate their initiatives are not designed to fill internal vacancies, but rather service a range of employers. The Fund is not open to individuals seeking funding for their own study or upskilling. The full eligibility criteria has been set out in the CSIIF Guidance for Applicants
  • CSIIF already provides funding to a number of training programmes targeting groups underrepresented in the cyber security sector. A number of previously sponsored initiatives have developed new and inventive ways of reaching a wider range of candidates and offer flexible learning opportunities to fit different lifestyles

How can I get in touch with the CSIIF team?

If you have questions on the CSIIF, please email csiif@culture.gov.uk.


CSIIF Expanded Fund Initiatives

The CSIIF Expanded Fund was launched in October 2018 for initiatives delivered in England. The five initiatives listed below were identified for funding from the National Cyber Security Programme. The guidance for applicants for this second round of funding can be seen here.

Crucial Academy - Diversity in Cyber Security

This initiative based in Brighton looks to retrain veterans in cyber security, in particular focusing on women, neurodiverse candidates and BAME individuals. Successful applicants will undergo training including a three week intensive cyber security courses in a state-of-the-art virtual lab environment. During the training Crucial Academy will engage with employers to place individuals into jobs. For more information please visit the website academy.crucialgroup.co.uk or contact academy@crucialgroup.co.uk or 01273 060080.

Hacker House Ltd - Hands on Hacking Training and Employer Portal

Hacker House has developed an online entry-level penetration testing course called “Hands on Hacking.” CSIIF funding will make the course available as an ‘on demand’ service. As students graduate they will be part of a community forum and mentorship programme to match them with employers. For more information please visit hacker.house/training/.

Blue Screen IT - HACKED

This Plymouth-based initiative will scale up an existing programme which identifies, trains and places individuals into a cyber security career. Participants include neurodiverse candidates, those with special needs and those from disadvantaged backgrounds. The training will be supported through Blue Screen IT running its own Security Operations Centre (SOC) to provide practical experience and real life exposure for candidates. For more information please contact info@bluescreenit.co.uk or call 01752 724 000.

QA

Working in collaboration with Women Tech Jobs, QA’s initiative will create a new training programme to identify, train and place women into cyber security roles. The training blends classroom training with e-learning and will be shaped by industry employers based on their required skill sets. For more information please contact Miranda Horseman or visit www.qa.com.

In addition, QA will apply a similar approach to identify, train and place individuals for careers as Penetration Testers in the West Midlands as part of the WMCA Skills Deal. For more information please contact Miranda Horseman or visit www.qa.com.


CSIIF Pilot Initiatives

The CSIIF pilot was launched in February 2018 and was open to initiatives delivered in England. Seven initiatives were identified for funding from the National Cyber Security Programme - more detail on each is set out below.

What initiatives have been sponsored as part of the CSIIF pilot?

There are seven initiatives receiving funding through the CSIIF pilot. These are being operated 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 pgicyber@pgitl.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.

UK Cyber Security Forum CIC - Community Cyber Security Centre

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.

Published 19 February 2018
Last updated 14 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. We have announced a new round of CSIIF funding.

  2. Added details of the five new initiatives in the Expanded CSIIF Fund.

  3. The bidding window for the expanded CSIIF has now closed and the page has been updated to reflect this.

  4. Updated to reflect the expanded CSIIF fund which was opened for applications on Monday 8 October.

  5. Added details of the CSIIF event planned for 24 September.

  6. Updated to a) include detaIls of the seven programmes funded under the first round of the scheme, and b) to announce a new round of the scheme to be opened from the late summer 2018.

  7. Page updated to reflect the application period closing.

  8. Added FAQ document.

  9. First published.