Harnessing the Power of Apprenticeship to Bridge the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap

The word “apprenticeship” is in the national zeitgeist for a reason. The combination of a Presidential Executive Order, government support, and business leaders’ recognition that paid, standardized training programs cultivate expert talent has led to increased apprenticeship programs across the country. The presentation will specifically show how cybersecurity is moving forward and succeeding in helping new candidates enter their occupations using apprenticeships as a foothold. By leveraging apprenticeship as a method to accelerate education, credentialing, and ultimate employment, the industry will create new and cost-effective avenues toward bridging the workforce gap for a much broader population of Americans. Purdue University’s Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP), is one avenue toward implementing a successful cyber apprenticeship program, and the presentation will discuss its work with its employer network, bringing in specific case studies. P-CAP blends the traditional models, creating a new way to earn-and-learn for the 21st century. In the program, apprentices can earn an AAS or BS degree while employed in their field of study, gaining simultaneous on-the-job training and mentorship. The program is unique—it is the first apprenticeship in the country to ever offer a bachelor’s degree as part of its program. Using the apprenticeship model, employers can add another passageway to obtain talent by allowing them to grow their own cyber professionals, establish a pathway for individuals to enter the pipeline and advance others in a high-demand position.
Learning Objectives:
1. Learn about a new strategy for filling an employer’s pipeline for cybersecurity talent.
2. Learn about strategies for attracting women and people of color to cybersecurity careers.
3. Overview of current methods of educating cybersecurity professionals.


Time: May 6 - 10:00 AM
Location: Room 104
Audience Level: Intermediate
Audience Knowledge: No prior experience on this topic is needed.


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