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Cyber Security Apprentice

Teesside University
Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3BA
£19,578.00 annually
Closing date
21 Jun 2023

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Role Type
Apprenticeship, Higher
Start Date
What will the apprentice be doing?
  • Investigate minor security breaches in accordance with established procedures
  • Contributes to vulnerability assessments
  • Contribute to the application and maintenance of specific security controls as required by organisational policy and local risk assessments
  • Assists user in defining their access rights and privileges
  • Contribute towards the basic risk assessments for small information systems
  • Responds to security breaches in line with security policy and records the incidents and action taken
  • Following agreed procedures, identifies, registers and categorised incidents.
  • Gathers information to enable incident resolution and promptly allocates incidents as appropriate maintains records and advises relevant persons of actions taken
  • Contributes to the operation of the University Cybersecurity Toolset

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Why choose our Cyber Security Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship?

The Cyber Security Engineer apprentice can help to design, build and test secure networks, security products or systems to help protect your organisation against cyber threats.

QA is a market leader in cyber security training, with a state-of-the-art immersive cyber gamified learning, giving apprentices a hands-on learning experience in simulating a real cyber threat.

QA's exclusive partnership with Circadence Corporation, the pioneer of the hands-on gamified learning platform Project Ares®, allows us to uniquely incorporate hands-on scenario training into our cyber security apprenticeships. The Project Ares platform offers a totally immersive experience, using automated features to support skills adoption with an in-game advisor, Athena, who advises our players through scenario-based challenges. The platform scenarios replicate the unpredictability and escalating levels of complexity that cyberattacks can present. It drives high levels of engagement through leaderboards and badges, elements used widely in the gaming world.

QA's Cyber Security Engineer Level 4 apprenticeship programme enables the apprentice to:
  • Develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in a safe, but realistic environment
  • Apply all of the acquired skills throughout the programme, with added scoring of players and opponent actions with replay for object assessment
  • Take part in hands-on training and active-learning models that increase retention rates by 75% so that cyber apprentices can prepare for real-world challenges

Tools and technologies learned:

Apprentices will learn to use Project Ares, Python, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft PowerShell, Linux and AWS.

Maths and English functional skills, if required.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

90% of QA Apprentices secure permanent employment after finishing their apprenticeship. Additionally, there may be opportunities to undertake further apprenticeship training as many of our programs offer on-going development tracks.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Attention to detail, Organisation skills, Problem solving skills


A Level or equivalent ICT (Grade Any) Desired
BTEC or equivalent IT (Grade 180 Credits) Desired
Other Apprenticeship in similar subject (Grade Level 3) Desired
Other International Baccalaureate in IT (Grade Level 3) Desired

Things to consider

Important Information: QA's apprenticeships are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education. To be eligible for a Government funded apprenticeship you must have lived in the UK or European Economic Area (EEA) for the last 3 consecutive years.

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