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Employers urged to sign up for new cyber security training initiative

By Jack Campbell | |5 minute read

A government-led initiative aimed to address shortages in cyber skills is being rolled out, with employers encouraged to get involved.

Australia is reportedly lacking in cyber security, as AustCyber announced the nation will need 16,600 more workers by 2026.

The Digital Skills Organisation (DSO) and Canberra Cyber Hub have teamed up to help solve this issue by offering workplaces cyber security training programs.


The program’s pilot will involve a four-week “boot camp” that builds basic cyber security skills and knowledge and comes with a CompTIA Security+ certification.

These boot camps will be run by DSO, Canberra Cyber Hub, and other training providers and provide interns with the skills to work a cyber security role and give employers the opportunity to quickly hire those participating in the program.

“This purposefully designed industry-led training allows employers to set the tone to ensure learners are acquiring job-ready skills and experiences. It also enables learners to engage directly with industry and develop the skills they need for a long and prosperous career,” said DSO chief executive Patrick Kidd.

“We are proud to collaborate with the ACT government through Canberra Cyber Hub and a range of training providers to facilitate and deliver this course based on our skill standards.”

Mr Kidd continued: “Registered training providers have an extremely important role to play in providing flexible skills-based training. By collaborating with such a diverse range of stakeholders, we can bridge the training gap to better align it to the employer’s needs.”

Canberra Cyber Hub chair Michael Frater commented on the partnership: “I am delighted that the Canberra Cyber Hub is a part of this pilot to bridge the gap between post-school education and the skills that cyber professionals need to bring to the workplace.”

The program already has people excited, as Modern Methodologies CEO and founder Sophie Wade said: “Employers have been involved in the development of this pilot right from the very start.

“I believe the level of consultation has resulted in a pilot that is the right fit for everyone. It is a great initiative and sure to help with the cyber skills gap here in the ACT.”

The nine-month pilot will begin in Canberra in March. To find out more, click here.



Training is the process of enhancing a worker's knowledge and abilities to do a certain profession. It aims to enhance trainees' work behaviour and performance on the job.

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell

Jack is the editor at HR Leader.