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Durham IT firm launches cybersecurity academy creating jobs over next five years

Aspiring cybersecurity professionals are offered the opportunity to learn from established experts at a growing North East IT company.

NETPark-based Tekgem is launching a cybersecurity learning academy, pairing trainees with experienced engineers who will guide them through a three-year course combining practical experience and theory.

The scheme, developed in collaboration with digital training specialists Intequal, will initially see five apprentices recruited from Tekgem before the academy’s workforce doubles every year over the next five years.

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The Tekgem team already includes former apprentices and this program will deliver level 3 and 4 qualifications in networking, infrastructure and cybersecurity.

The company’s Founder and Managing Director, Ian Gemski, said: “Tekgem is a global leader in bridging the gap between IT and operational technology, a very specialist service that we provide to a variety of organizations around the world. international scale.

“Because we offer such a unique and highly specialized service, we have struggled to recruit experienced engineers with the right skill set that our customers demand.

“The Tekgem Apprenticeship Academy is designed to bring in the newest and brightest minds with an interest in cybersecurity as early as possible so that we can build a world-class team of cybersecurity professionals to meet the growing demands of our services. “

Interns will be assessed through a combination of exams including Network+, Comp TIA, Fortinet, and Industrial Cybersecurity exams.

Tekgem hopes to attract graduates between the ages of 18 and 24, ideally with an interest in STEM, a good understanding of mathematics, an enthusiasm for cybersecurity and excellent communication skills.

A recent report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) indicates that some 6,000 new cybersecurity jobs in the UK have been created over the past year. As one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, it generated revenues of £10 billion, while gross value added was estimated at £53 billion.

Liam Sharpe, senior cybersecurity engineer at Tekgem who started his career as an apprentice six years ago, said: “From the start, I was determined to get the highest possible mark and get the most out of it. take advantage of the opportunities offered by an apprenticeship.

“I passed every exam available to me, including becoming Microsoft Certified Professional and earning several other industry-recognized certifications. Although it was hard work at times, the benefits and new opportunities of career he has opened up has been amazing. My career has gone from strength to strength, I am now a senior engineer and enjoying every minute of it.

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