Our exclusive partnership with Circadence Corporation, the pioneer of the hands-on, gamified learning platform Project Ares®, allows us to uniquely incorporate hands-on scenario training into our cyber security apprenticeship, helping our cyber apprentices quickly build skills, knowledge and confidence in the cyber security disciplines needed to defend against hackers.

As the only UK training provider to use Project Ares in its cyber security training; the platform is a totally immersive experience, using automated features to support skills adoption with an in-game advisor ‘Athena’ who advises our players through the scenario-based challenges. With automated adversaries responding to players for added challenge. This provides our apprentices with a scenario-based, gamified learning tool that drives high levels of engagement through leaderboards and badges, elements used widely in the gaming world.

The platform scenarios also replicate the unpredictability and escalating levels of complexity that cyber attacks can present, allowing the learner to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills in a safe, but realistic environment. Within this extended practice environment, we provide a safe place to apply all of the acquired skills throughout the programme, with added scoring of players and opponent actions with replay for objective assessment.

Ultimately actions culminate to inform models on best tactics for scenarios with instructor orchestration and observation.

The gamified learning Project Ares offers keeps the participant engaged and excited about continuous training, helping them see the true value of their capabilities.

Hands-on training and active-learning models increase retention rates by 75 percent, so our cyber apprentices can prepare for real-world challenges.

Other benefits of gamified learning include:

  • Increased engagement, sense of control and self-efficacy
  • Adoption of new initiatives
  • Increased satisfaction with internal communication
  • Development of personal and organisational capabilities and resources
  • Increased personal satisfaction and employee retention
  • Enhanced productivity, monitoring, and decision making

It works by enabling learners to apply what they know to simulated environments or “worlds,” creating a natural flow that keeps learners engaged and focused in competitive, strategic situations.

Cyber Security Risk Analysts will apply an understanding of cyber security to protect organisations, systems, information, personal data and people from attacks and unauthorised access. Those focused on a Risk Analyst role will typically interact with risk assessments and risk mitigations. The roles may support formal security governance, regulatory & compliance (GRC).

Cyber Security Risk Analysts need:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • A methodical, step-by-step approach to resolving issues
  • Business skills like effective communication, teamwork and task/time management
  • The adaptability to do a range of work—sometimes complex and non-routine—in different environments
  • The ability to work under direction, use discretion and determine when to escalate issues

Job roles this programme is a great match for:

  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Risk Analyst
  • Intelligence Researcher
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Governance & Compliance Analyst
  • Information Security Assurance & Threat Analyst
  • Information Security Auditor
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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this programme are as follows:

  • An A Level in ICT
  • OR An International Baccalaureate at Level 3 in ICT
  • OR A Level 3 apprenticeship in a similar subject
  • OR A BTEC Extended Diploma in IT (180 credits)

Experience (if the learner can’t meet the qualification requirements):

  • A minimum of 1-year work experience in a Technical support role e.g., Help Desk. Should also be working at Level 2 in Maths and English.
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Why choose a QA apprenticeship

  • 91% of QA apprentices go straight into full-time jobs
  • 2.1 million jobs in the digital economy
  • £42,578 average skilled digital salary

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Frequently asked questions

How do apprenticeships work?

You’ll spend most of the time working (80% in fact). You’ll complete work projects – doing all the things you’re learning, right away on the job. The rest of the time, you’ll be learning. In lots of different ways.

You can take your career and knowledge progression as far as you want to go with our apprenticeships – even up to gaining a Master's degree.

Who can do an apprenticeship?

For most apprenticeships, you need to be aged 16 and over, be eligible to live and work in the UK and have three to five GCSEs.

Maths and English are important skills for any career, so you’ll need to have them under your belt. Here’s where it gets a bit technical. You’ll need to (at least) have Functional Skills qualifications at Level 2 in Maths and English. Don’t worry, we’ll check your qualifications for you when you apply and explain.

But, even if you don’t have them yet – all is not lost. You can complete them during your QA apprenticeship.

Each apprenticeship has different entry requirements. Check the one you’re interested in to see if you’re a match.

Who will support me on my apprenticeship?

You'll have a whole team behind you. We'll help you get the most out of your apprenticeship.

  • Skills coach
  • Classroom tutors
  • Your line manager
  • Learner services team
  • Safeguarding

What will happen after I apply?

We’ll get in touch if it looks like you’re a match for the apprenticeship job. First, we’ll call to get to know you better. Tell us what you’re about, what your goals are. We’ll also get your details.

You’ll get a link to upload some important documents – to check you can do the apprenticeship you’ve applied for (proof of right to work in the UK, your qualifications etc.). Don’t worry, it won’t take long.

When we have these, we’ll call on WhatsApp to check your ID.

Next, you’ll get a link to complete your profile. This bit is important – your profile is your opportunity to tell potential employers a bit about you. Your skills. Your passion. Why you want this apprenticeship.

We’ll keep in touch about the apprenticeship job you applied for. If any others come up that we think you’d like, we’ll let you know. If you’re keen, we’ll help you prep and we’ll set up that interview.

If all goes well... you’ll get the job. Then you just need to start planning for your first day. Hey presto.

If you’re applying for a job with one of our larger employers, you might be invited to an assessment day – or they might have other special steps to take. Don’t worry, we’ll give you all the details.

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