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CyberSkills by The Open University

20 January 2020

CyberSkills by The Open University

What is CyberSkills?

CyberSkills is a 20-week part time training programme, which draws on The Open University's 50 years’ experience of promoting education for all and supporting busy working adults to learn. The programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills you’ll need to access entry level jobs in cyber security.

The programme flexes around the demands of your work and life and combines high quality online learning with webinars, a day school and certification preparation sessions.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn foundational computer networking and networking security principles before moving on, in a supported, structured way, to develop higher level cyber operations skills. These skills are in high demand across all sectors of the West Midlands economy as organisations look to enhance their cyber resilience.

You’ll work towards the internationally recognised Cisco CCNA CyberOps industry certification so employers will understand the skills you’ve developed.

What are the jobs I will be able to access if I successfully complete the programme?

You’ll have access to a wealth of careers resources, including courses, CV writing assistance and interview preparation, to help ready you for an entry level job in cyber security.

Typical job roles include Cyber Security Analyst, Information Security Analyst and Network Security Specialist.

Can I be considered for the programme?

No prior educational or work experience is necessary but you’ll need a love of technology, an ability to problem solve and think outside the box, plus a strong motivation to learn and succeed.

You’ll need to be able to answer ‘yes’ to the following questions to be eligible to apply for the programme:

  • Are you 18 years of age or over?
  • Are you a UK citizen or have the legal right to live and work in the UK?
  • Are you a resident of the West Midlands Combined Authority area?
  • Can you commit to 20 weeks of flexible part time study, starting on the date below? On average you’ll need to set aside 8 hours per week for study but at certain points in the programme, more study will be required than at others.
  • Do you have regular access to a computer with an internet connection?
  • Are you open to full time work in a cyber / IT role following completion of the programme?

When does the programme start?

The programme is scheduled to start on 24 February 2020.

If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, please apply by 6 February 2020 via the online form. https://www.open.ac.uk/cyber-retraining/apply


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