VA Expands Registered Apprenticeships to Cybersecurity Careers

July 13, 2016

In June, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia businesses can offer registered apprenticeships to individuals in three cybersecurity occupations – Information Security Analyst; Cyber Security Analyst; and, Incident Response Analyst. The Virginia Apprenticeship Council approved the three new registered apprenticeships as well as the criteria that registered apprentices in cybersecurity must learn and demonstrate through the program for the necessary proficiency in the cybersecurity field. Administered by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, the state’s registered apprenticeship program combines on-the-job learning with classroom-related instruction – classroom instruction is often delivered by a local community college or career and technical education center. To incentivize companies to hire cybersecurity apprentices, the state also recently launched the Registered Apprenticeship Related Instruction Incentive Program – a tax incentive program that provides companies up to $1,000 per year per registered apprentice for up to 10 registered apprentices. These new registered apprenticeships are part of Gov. McAuliffe’s efforts to grow the state’s cybersecurity industry. Read the announcement…