The civil service is recruiting 50 Tech Industry Gold cyber security apprentices in England and Wales.
The candidates will join the Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme which is being supported by the Tech Partnership.
The scheme offers two years of work experience as an alternative to university. The Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship qualification is designed to be a springboard into a career in cyber security.
Applicants need two A-levels graded A*-C or equivalent in a science, technology, engineering Mathematics (Stem) subject and must be willing to undertake security clearance.
The starting salary for the apprenticeship is £19,500. Upon completion of the scheme, apprentices can apply for the civil service fast stream and specific departmental talent programmes.
Cabinet office minister Francis Maude said that in time he hopes the apprentices go on to fill the very highest posts in the civil service.
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“As part of our long-term economic plan, we are working to ensure that we have the very best people working in the civil service," he said. "We created the Fast Track Apprenticeship Scheme to recognise that young people who leave school and go straight into the world of work have much to offer."
The apprenticeship is a Tech Industry Gold accredited course. QA and TDM currently provide Tech Industry Gold licensed cyber apprenticeships.
The Tech Partnership’s Mark Heholt said apprenticeships play a key role in tackling the cyber security skills shortage.
“We are delighted that the government is investing their support in the Tech Industry Gold accredited cyber security apprenticeship,” he said.
The closing date to apply for the apprenticeship is 15 March 2015.