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Cyber Security Apprenticeship Options

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    Options

  • Apprenticeship Type

    Cyber > Level 5-6

  • Positions

    3

  • Location

    Linen Loft, 27 – 37 Adelaide St, Belfast, BT2 8FE

  • Salary

    £18,000

  • Start date

  • Location Type

    Office

Job Description


Role: Options Apprenticeship Programme - Networks and Cyber Security

Location: Belfast

Salary: Competitive

Join the Options Cyber Security and Networking team in Belfast!

Who are we?

Options is a leading managed services and IT infrastructure products provider to the global capital markets community. Founded in 1993, the company began life as a hedge fund technology services provider. Today over 200 firms globally leverage the Options platform, including the leading global investment banks, hedge funds and exchanges. We currently employ over 400 employees worldwide and are continuing to grow across offices in New York, Chicago, Belfast, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Why Options?

Global travel:

  • We have offices in New York, Toronto, London, Belfast, Dublin and across Asia.

Continuous career development opportunities:

  • We provide professional skills development and technical training

The chance to be a part of a self-sufficient, successful team:

  • The Options team operates in a fast paced environment with endless opportunities for innovation and forward thinking.

Competitive salary:

  • In addition to a competitive salary, Options reward employees with a range of bonus incentives and benefits.

Working for us

The positions will be based around apprenticeship requirements, per your course, paid and based in Belfast initially, although there will be opportunities to gain experience from company offices such as New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland and London for those who have successfully completed their apprenticeship.

We welcome applications from a broad range of disciplines including those with technical and engineering backgrounds, as well as science, business, mathematics, marketing and finance. We have a fresh new team expanding in our Belfast office and we want to hear from candidates that are motivated, self-driven and have a passion to learn and develop their skills in the world of financial technology.

At Options we are focused on creating a learning environment that enables you to develop and flourish in all aspects of your work. You own your career, you choose your own path, and we provide the opportunities to make it happen.

Person Specification


Essential Criteria

  • Strong research, writing and communication skills.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and changeable working environment.

  • Customer service experience (comfortable working with senior management and business owners).

  • Exceptional organisational skills and strong attention to detail.

  • Desire to travel and see the world.

  • Ability to work independently and manage your own projects in a professional manner.

  • Solid competency in the following: Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

  • Candidates must successfully secure a position at the relevant apprenticeship training provider

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous start-up, technology or business experience.

  • A passion for start-ups, innovation and financial technology.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with client facing experience.

  • Project management skills and proven ability to manage own workload.

(In the case of applications for technical positions, examples of previous work are encouraged.)

All applicants MUST be willing to travel, pending availability during studies.

Applicable courses

Whilst you are applying to an employer through Workplus you must apply directly to the training providers to secure your place on the apprenticeship course.

Cyber Security with Cloud and Network Infrastructure L5Belfast Metropolitan College

Description

Higher Level Apprenticeship in Cyber Security with Cloud and Network Infrastructure 

Welcome to the Cyber Security with Cloud and Network Infrastructure Programme at Belfast Met 

Are you interested in a dynamic career in the fast-growing field of Cyber Security, Cloud, and Network Infrastructure? Look no further! Our two and a half year apprenticeship programme is your gateway to success. Designed for aspiring IT professionals, our comprehensive curriculum not only provides you with in-depth knowledge but also hands-on experience that's essential in today's competitive job market. 

Why Choose Our Programme? 

The demand for skilled IT professionals is on the rise, and the Northern Ireland Skills Barometer has forecasted a potential shortage of up to 6,200 IT workers by 2030. As the world becomes increasingly digital, Cyber Security stands out as one of the fastest-growing sectors within IT. Our programme is strategically crafted to equip you with the expertise required to excel in this exciting and crucial industry. 

What You'll Gain: 

  • Specialised Knowledge: Our courses focus on developing your Cyber Security and Cloud/Network Infrastructure skills in a practical and vocational manner. You will gain a deep understanding of these critical domains, preparing you for a successful career. 

  • Real-World Experience: Practicality is at the core of our programme. You will acquire not just theoretical knowledge but also practical skills and relevant work experience in real-world settings. This hands-on approach opens doors to exciting career opportunities. 

  • Up-to-date Facilities: Learn from experienced faculty in state-of-the-art computing labs equipped with industry-standard hardware and software. You will be immersed in an environment that mirrors the IT industry's standards and practices. 

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including operating system security, scripting, penetration testing, cloud security, infrastructure, and cyber security implementation. You will be well-prepared for the challenges of the IT world. 

  • Certifications: As part of the programme, you will have the opportunity to earn certifications such as Cisco Cyber Security Essentials and Cyber Ops, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Pentest+, along with other industry-recognised qualifications. 

Modules

Key Areas of Study:

  • Cyber Security 

  • Cloud Technologies and Network Infrastructure

  • Scripting 

  • Systems Penetration Testing/Ethical Hacking 

  • Endpoint Management 

Ready to embark on an exciting journey towards a career in Cyber Security with Cloud and Network Infrastructure? Explore the links below to learn more about our validated awards and regulations: 

Join us today and unlock a world of possibilities in the ever-evolving IT landscape. Your future in Cyber Security with Cloud and Network Infrastructure starts here at Belfast Met! 

The Level 4 Modules are:

  • Programming and Scripting;

  • Mathematics for Computing;

  • Host Security;

  • System Penetration Testing;

  • Cloud and Cyber Security Fundamentals;

  • Introduction to Networks

The Level 5 Modules are:

  • Cloud Infrastructure;

  • Cloud Security;

  • Implementation of Cyber Security;

  • Incident Management;

  • Work Based Learning

Please see link to OU Handbook for Validated Awards here.

Please see link to OU Regulations for validated awards of the Open University here.

Assessment:

  • Computing

  • Design

  • Technology

  • Problem solving

  • Scripting

  • Cyber Security

  • IOT

  • Networks

Award

Foundation Degree in Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis (FDCAD) HLA in Software and Cloud Development with Data Analysis - Private

Validated By

Open University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

To be able to apply at this stage, you must be employed in an IT role or have an arranged an apprenticeship with an employer in IT.

To apply, please email creativedigital@belfastmet.ac.uk with details of your employer and we will assist you in your application.

If you are currently not employed in an IT role, you must apply to the IT Apprenticeship through the following link.

Belfast Metropolitan College Careers Portal (mindmill.co.uk)

The entry criteria are 64 tariff points. GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent such as Essential Skills Literacy or Numeracy.

You can still apply if your results are pending (August 2023).

Duration

3

Start Date

Monday 09 September 2024

End Date

Wednesday 01 September 2027

Progression Pathway

Students who successfully complete this course are guaranteed a place on the one-year BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure Top-Up degree offered by Belfast Met.

Successful completion of this course also allows for progression onto university degree courses in computing related disciplines including, but not limited to, computer science (subject to individual course requirements).

There are also employment opportunities upon successful completion of this course such as a Cyber Security/Network Engineer who help to protect an organisation by employing a range of technologies and processes to prevent, detect and manage cyber threats. This can include protection of computers, data, networks and programmes.

Cyber Security with Cloud and Networking Infrastructure (Top-Up L6, from L5)Belfast Metropolitan College

Description

Higher Level Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) Top-Up Degree in Cyber Security with Cloud and Network Infrastructure 

Elevate Your Career with our BSc (Hons) Level 6 Top-Up Programme in Cyber Security, Networking, and Computing 

If you already have a solid foundation in computing with an HND or Foundation Degree, our one and a half year apprenticeship programme is designed to take your career to new heights. Our BSc (Hons) Level 6 Top-Up programme caters specifically to students with prior experience in Cyber Security, Networking, and Computing. This programme offers you the opportunity to further hone your skills, stay ahead of industry trends, and embark on an exciting journey towards career advancement. 

Why Choose Our Programme? 

The demand for skilled IT professionals is on the rise, and the Northern Ireland Skills Barometer has forecasted a potential shortage of up to 6,200 IT workers by 2030. As the world becomes increasingly digital, Cyber Security stands out as one of the fastest-growing sectors within IT. Our programme is strategically crafted to equip you with the expertise required to excel in this exciting and crucial industry. 

What You'll Gain: 

  • Advanced Expertise: Building on your existing knowledge, our programme delves deep into Cyber Security, Networking, and Computing in a way that's both industry-led and practical. You'll acquire the advanced skills needed to excel in your chosen career path. 

  • Real-World Experience: Learn from seasoned experts in our cutting-edge computing labs, fully equipped with industry-standard hardware and software. Our programme ensures you gain hands-on experience in a real-world environment. 

  • Focus on Critical Skills: Our curriculum places significant emphasis on understanding Security Operations Centers (SOCs), threat and vulnerability detection and analysis, and incident response skills. This preparation ensures you're well-equipped for your future career challenges. 

  • Certifications: As part of the programme, you'll have the opportunity to earn a range of vendor certifications, including Cisco CyberOps, and Comptia CySA+. These certifications not only enhance your employability but also contribute to your ongoing learning within the sector. 

We understand that your career progression is a priority. Our programme is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and certifications needed to stand out in the competitive IT industry. 

Ready to take your career to the next level in Cyber Security, Networking, and Computing? Explore the links below to learn more about our validated awards and regulations: 

Join us today and transform your computing foundation into a thriving career in the world of Cyber Security, Networking, and Computing. Your journey begins here at Belfast Met! 

Assessment:

  • You will complete three, 40 credit modules at Level 6. The modules will be a combination of exams and assignments.

  • The research project module will be 10,000 to 20,000 word dissertation.

Modules

This is a 1 year course spread over two academic years and the three modules will be Cyber Security Operations, Advanced Networking and a Final Year Project.

Key Areas of Study: 

  • Cyber Security Operations and Response 

  • Advanced Networking 

  • Final Research Project 

Award

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security and Networking Infrastructure (Top-Up) (Q00903)

Validated By

The Open University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

Students must have completed and passed a foundation degree offered by the Open University at the College with Computing1 as the core discipline, or completed and passed an equivalent level 5 course with Computing1 as the core discipline e.g. other UK University Foundation Degrees at level 5, BTEC Higher Nation Diplomas, or any UK accredited level 5 qualification that is equivalent in academia to a foundation degree or the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with Computing1 as the core discipline as proven at the time of application.

Students who do not meet this criteria must complete and pass the bridging qualification, Cisco CCNA 1 (Introduction to Networks).

The student must also have GCSEs at grade C or above in English and Mathematics, or equivalent qualifications, such as Level 2 Essential Skills in Maths and English

Applicants who have already attained a qualification equivalent to or similar in content to any of the modules may be eligible to be considered for Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL). Those who have acquired learning through life, work experience and study not previously attested through formal education or certification may be eligible to be considered for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). The core discipline of the qualification studied must be in the area of Computing with subjects within the areas of Network Infrastructure or Cyber Security.

Must be employed in an IT role. See here for details.

Duration

2

Start Date

Monday 30 September 2024

End Date

Friday 12 June 2026

Progression Pathway

Employment or postgraduate qualification.

Cyber Security and Digital ForensicsSouth Eastern Regional College

Description

You will complete a Foundation Degree in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics along with work related qualifications over a three-year period. The Foundation Degree (FD) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics is aimed at meeting the local demand of Cyber Security experts in Northern Ireland. It will cover a range of computing specialisms allowing successful students to follow different career paths.

Modules

The Foundation Degree consists of 40 credits (normally 2 modules) per semester in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3. 

This programme is based on a hybrid learning model with a focus on face-to-face delivery.

Modules include:

  • Computational Mathematics

  • Computer Systems

  • Programming Fundamentals

  • Incident Response Web Technologies and Applications

  • Network Infrastructure

  • Cloud Security

  • Network Security

  • IoT Security

  • Innovative Delivery of Mobile Applications

  • Work-based Learning 

Assessment:

  • Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, project-based learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.

Award

Foundation Degree (FD) in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics

Validated By

Open University

Eligibility

18+ Fully Funded

Entry Criteria

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme.Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application.

You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment.

Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

 

 

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements  

  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND

  • GCSE grade C/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

AND  

  • 2 at GCSE level (grades A*-C*/9-4), or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

UCAS

A minimum of 48 UCAS points:

  • A levels  OR

  • Level 3 Diploma

Access Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 45+%

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level

  • B2 IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)

  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in GCSE English

  • Successful completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language

  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)

  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Admissions

  • Successful completion of the admissions process

APEL

  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section

Duration

3

Start Date

Monday 16 September 2024

End Date

Saturday 28 August 2027

Progression Pathway

Successful completion of this course could lead to either a career in the computing industry or to related degree programmes.  SERC offer a 1 year degree top-up for this programme.

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