Cyber security CNI apprenticeships

Register your interest in future Government-funded cyber security apprenticeships in critical national infrastructure (CNI) sectors.

DCMS is promoting cyber security as an attractive career option as well as one that is vital to the UK’s national interest. It is crucial that the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI) has a steady supply of cyber security experts working for them.

CNI includes the following sectors:

  • Telecommunications
  • Civil nuclear industry
  • Electricity generators
  • Oil and gas
  • Transport infrastructure

Benefits for candidates

The CNI cyber apprenticeships scheme is aimed at those looking to enter the cyber security profession and offers training in cyber security, as well as professional experience.

This is your opportunity to join a growing profession and help defend against increasing cyber threats to the UK’s critical national infrastructure, the country and the wider economy. The apprenticeships allow candidates to achieve level 4 qualifications.

Benefits for industry

There is high demand for cyber security professionals across industry. This scheme offers a great chance to CNI organisations looking to grow its cyber security workforce.

As an employer, your organisation could benefit from Government funding and support to attract talented individuals to a cyber security career. The Government may also benefit from your expertise as a sector advisor.

Some of the organisations from our first and second phases include:

  • Costain
  • EDF Energy
  • Electricity Northwest
  • E.ON UK
  • Essar Oil
  • Dover Port
  • Horiba-Mira
  • IT 4 Automation
  • Network Rail
  • Northern Powergrid
  • Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
  • SGN
  • Sky
  • Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

Information for candidates

As a level 4 apprentice you’ll work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, and earn a wage. Additionally, you’ll be studying to complete a related qualification. You can apply for an apprenticeship if you are 16 or over, living in England, and not in full-time education.

Recruitment for the autumn 2017 cohorts has closed, but you can register your interest for upcoming campaigns by emailing:

Information for employers

If you are an organisation in a critical national infrastructure sector – especially energy, transport, broadcasting media, civil nuclear, telecoms or water – there is still time for you to be involved in the cyber security apprenticeships programme.

If you are keen to be involved in subsequent cohorts, please contact:

Published 23 January 2017
Last updated 26 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated list of participating organisations.

  2. First published.