New Pathways to Cyber Security program to provide skills training to job seekers in GTA
Known for supporting job seekers in the Greater Toronto Area with its employment services, Springboard now offers Pathways to Cyber Security, an innovative program that it is leading in collaboration with the Canadian College of Cyber Security (CCCS) as part of Round 2 of the Skills Development Fund provided by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.
The Pathways to Cyber Security program will help job seekers facing barriers to workforce entry access free skills training and meaningful employment opportunities in the expanding and increasingly relevant field of cyber security. Public Safety Canada confirms that due to a changing technology landscape and shortage of cyber security talent in Canada and worldwide, cyber security professionals are very much in demand.
The pandemic has also contributed to an increase in cyber threats and ransomware attacks further impacting the demand in this area. According to the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, a record number of job openings for cyber security professionals in Canada is growing by 7% every year with 3.5 million vacant positions worldwide in 2021.
“COVID-19 has changed the way we work, and we need to make sure employers have the digital experts they need to protect their businesses,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “This free training program will help job seekers begin exciting and well-paying careers in cyber security and safeguard the future of our province.”
Program cohorts begin in June 2022 and will provide 40 individuals with certified qualifications in the cyber security field. The virtual program provides participants with a competitive training honorarium upon program completion as well as a Soft Skills certification, a Cyber Security Analyst certification from the Canadian College of Cyber Security, a paid job placement and post-program/post-hiring support.
Eligible candidates will have basic knowledge of computer networking, access to a computer with fast and reliable internet, be a Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, Refugee Claimant or Convention Refugee, over the age of 18, and will have completed high school level education.
Springboard is accepting applications from interested candidates now. For more information, visit springboardservices.ca.
Springboard’s Employment Services has been delivering employment programs and services since 1974 to youth and adults in the GTA. Its offerings include on-one career counselling, pre-employment skill-building workshops, free training opportunities, paid work placements, job shadowing, job coaching, and more.
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