Asuria and Junior Engineers partner to address cyber security skills gap

Con Kittos, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Asuria

Asuria and Junior Engineers announced a partnership to devise and deliver cyber security qualifications as part of their delivery of Federal Government Employment Services like Transition to Work, jobactive, ParentsNext and Disability Employment Services.

The number of people employed in cyber security roles is predicted to grow by 7,000 by 2024.

In an industry that is expected to generate $7.6 billion for the economy, not-for-profit body AustCyber identified a critical shortage of nearly 18,000 cyber security specialists in 2020.

AustCyber cited education and training as the root cause of the gap.

Does the partnership meet the skills shortage?

The partnership between Asuria’s Australian Employment and Training Solutions (AETS), and Junior Engineers, will seek to directly address this pressing national issue.

They will deploy efforts towards the creation of specially tailored traineeships for the National Certificate III in Information Technology (cyber security) qualification, with the goal of filling thousands of roles for which university degrees are not a pre-requisite.

This program will be delivered as a traineeship which allows participants to gain a nationally recognized qualification by combining employment and training.

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

The overall effect will be to open up a pathway for school leavers, job seekers, job changers, people with disabilities, and other relevant cohorts who might have assumed a challenging and rewarding career in cyber security was beyond their reach.

Executive thoughts on the partnership by stakeholders

With work already underway to establish a network of employment partners for on-the-job training, the exclusive partnership is already responding to demand from employers looking to recruit more than 2000 cyber security and IT specialists over the next 18 months.

Matthew Smith, the Executive Director at AETS applauded the initiative.

“The cyber security skills shortage should be an issue high on everyone’s agenda, as we face the frightening prospect of falling behind when it comes to protecting individuals and organizations from increasingly malicious and sophisticated online attacks.”

“Our current education and training programs don’t cast a wide enough net among a nascent labor market with the potential to solve this critical cyber security skills shortfall.”

Con Kittos, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Asuria offered his insights.

“Together Asuria and Junior Engineers will address the cyber security skills shortage, fast-tracking suitable candidates into ready and waiting roles while giving Australians the opportunity to embark on exciting new careers by gaining skills that will last them a lifetime.”

Adam Jacobs, MD of the EdTech Group and Junior Engineers expressed his excitement.

“This exciting joint venture will not only directly influence employment outcomes for school leavers, job seekers, job changers and people with disabilities.”

“It 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.”

With the new programs expected to be available for registrations from early 2022, people interested in enrolling can contact Asuria or Junior Engineers for more details.

Asuria has been delivering employment services for job seekers, employers and governments domestically and internationally for more than twenty-five years.

Asuria is a high-performing provider of Disability Employment Services, Jobactive, Self-Employment New Business AssistanceParentsNextTime to Work employment servicesTransition to Work, New Enterprise Incentive Scheme and more.