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No uni degree needed to be cyber expert

A new program has been launched to help meet demand for thousands of cyber security and IT workers.

Coding education specialists Junior Engineers and employment services provider Asuria on Monday announced a partnership to run a taxpayer-funded program that will combat cyber criminals.

Tailored traineeships for the National Certificate III in Information Technology (cyber security) qualification are intended to fill thousands of roles that do not require a university degree.

“Asuria and Junior Engineers will be able to directly address the cyber security skills shortage, fast-tracking suitable candidates into ready and waiting roles,” chief executive and chair of Asuria Con Kittos said.

The number of people employed in cyber security roles is predicted to grow by 7000 by 2024, in an industry expected to generate $7.6 billion for the economy.

The new program will see participants gain a nationally recognised qualification by combining employment and training.

Participants will be placed with host employers, where they will be paid for receiving real-world experience and training in areas such as cyber security risk management and incident response.

Adam Jacobs, managing director of EdTech Group and Junior Engineers, said the joint venture will help school leavers, job seekers, job changers and people with disabilities, who can all access the new program.

“It also supports the Australian Government’s vision to create a more secure online world for Australian businesses, their employees and the essential services upon which we all depend,” he said.

The new courses are expected to be available for registrations from early 2022.

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