Apprenticeship program aims to fill cybersecurity jobs

The growing need to bolster cybersecurity is so great that jobs in the industry are becoming hard to fill.

Metro St. Louis has 3,813 unfilled cybersecurity jobs, according to a supply and demand “heat map” on the website

Nationally, the number measures in the hundreds of thousands and is projected to grow to 1.8 million by 2022, according to Jason Carter, board president of the Midwest Cyber Center, a nonprofit group run out of Scott Air Force Base.

The organization, called MC² for short, announced a partnership Tuesday with the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) that seeks to chip away at the shortage through an apprenticeship program.

The paid, 18-month program will pair individuals with area businesses looking to address cybersecurity issues. Apprentices will work about 32 hours per week at the businesses and spend some time receiving training and instruction from MC².

The apprenticeships are open to anyone 18 or older with a high school degree or GED.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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