CYAI convenes key stakeholders (employers, schools, the workforce system, community-based and faith-based organizations and municipalities) to explore registered apprenticeship as a critical, innovative, mutually beneficial workforce solution for both the business and for the apprentice. Registered apprenticeship combines classroom learning with paid on-the-job training under the supervision of a mentor. Apprentices that participate in CYAI-funded apprenticeships are youth aged 16-21. CYAI supports the entire cybersecurity career pathway, including technicians that support critical non-IT infrastructure with security needs, such as a Medical Records and Health Information Technician or a Financial and Risk Analyst. Program planning addresses employment challenges, non-technical skill development, retention strategies, and the support or bridge services that enable the apprentice to remain on a continuous and progressive career pathway in the cybersecurity industry. For programs with existing internships in cybersecurity, CYAI can help determine which components of the internship program are needed to transform the program into a registered apprenticeship. The result will be employees who meet your needs and are prepared to be productive in your organization.
On top of existing state and training funds, CYAI can provide financial support to registered apprenticeship program sponsors to support successful implementation.
In partnership with employers and other stakeholders, CYAI determines workforce challenges and needs and skill and training needs. CYAI has developed robust occupational profiles for entry-level through advanced information and communications technology (ICT) and cybersecurity employment opportunities and uses them to make informed program decisions as well as distributes them to partners.
In addition, CYAI equips training providers with the support they need to work with the target population (youth aged 16-21). Training providers are encouraged to provide career readiness, professionalism, and emotional intelligence curriculum to apprentices, and CYAI will work with providers to customize screening processes to match the right apprentices with the right employment opportunities.
CYAI will draw attention to your program by sponsoring or co-sponsoring cybersecurity competitions that bring together teams of technicians, students, mentors, learners, and information technology professionals.
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