Frequently Asked Questions
CyberUp is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We get funding from three sources: donations, public and private grants, and company sponsorships. Want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Our candidates come from the St. Louis Metro area, including North, South and West County, East St. Louis, St. Charles County, Madison County, and St. Clair County.
We are not a recruiter or staffing agency, even though those are aspects of what we do; rather, we are a nonprofit committed to closing the cybersecurity skills gap through disruption of the talent pipeline with non-traditional candidates.
Companies are looking for candidates who have initiative and drive. They want people who can work collaboratively in teams and have a thirst for continual learning.
If you are not offered the job, there will be other opportunities in the future. We’ll continue to work with you to help you land the next interview.
We work with companies of all sizes, from smaller start-ups like Gadellnet to enterprise-level businesses like Centene.
If the apprentice works 40 hours a week, then it will take about a year to complete. The apprentice is also required to complete 3 cybersecurity-related tracks of online curriculum outside of work.
We encourage people from all walks of life to apply. We also know that many college students do not get much hands-on experience, so this program can be a natural accompaniment to university studies. We have placed people with Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s and people without any university degree.
No. This is not an option for us at this time.
No. Our program is currently only for companies and candidates in the United States.
Each of our candidates goes through an application process, an in-person interview, and a background check before enrolling in our program.
We currently place people in the St. Louis metro region, including North, South and West County, East St. Louis, St. Charles County, Madison County, and St. Clair County.
Our entrance requirements are 18 years or older, high school diploma or GED, and must be authorized to work in the United States. No other skills are required to join the program. We will upskill those candidates that need IT Fundamentals, and experienced candidates can move straight into placement.
It is very important that the company provide a mentor to help guide the journey through the apprentice’s on-the-job training. This mentor will help with the onboarding process, OTJ training, and serve as a peer.
A Cybersecurity Analyst monitors computer networks to ensure safeguards are in place to protect sensitive information and proprietary data from cyber criminals.
Company benefits would vary on each employer. This would be a great question to ask the company during your interview.
Registered Apprenticeships are innovative work-based learning and post-secondary earn-and- learn models that meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies).
Registered Apprenticeship training is distinguished from other types of workplace training by several factors: (1) participants who are newly hired (or already employed) earn wages from employers during training; (2) programs must meet national standards for registration with the U.S. Department of Labor (or federally-recognized State Apprenticeship Agencies; (3) programs provide on-the-job learning and job-related technical instruction; (4) on-the-job learning is conducted in the work setting under the direction of one or more of the employer’s personnel; and 5) training results in an industry-recognized credential.
No. Registered Apprenticeship is used widely across all industries and includes union and non-union programs. Registered apprenticeship sponsors include unions, but also employers, community colleges and universities, workforce investment boards, industry associations, and the military.
Today, most Registered Apprenticeship opportunities include on-the-job training, and classroom instruction provided by apprenticeship training centers, technical schools, community colleges, and even distance learning. Often Registered Apprenticeship sponsors work directly with community colleges that ultimately provide college credit for apprentice.
After completion of an apprenticeship program, the apprentice earns a nationally recognized credential from the Department of Labor that is portable and stackable. Additionally, an apprentice, along with earning a paycheck throughout the apprenticeship, is also elevated to journeyworker status that leads to increased pay and upward career opportunities. The Cybersecurity Analyst Apprenticeship Program also pays for candidates to earn their industry recognized CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ certifications.
First and foremost, Apprenticeship sponsors develop highly skilled employees. Once established, Apprenticeship programs also reduce turnover rates, increase productivity, lower the cost of recruitment, and increase safety in the workplace/job site (from a report from Washington State Workforce Board 2008 Evaluation of Apprenticeship).
The U.S Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, works in conjunction with State Apprenticeship Agencies to administer the program nationally. These agencies are responsible for registering apprenticeship programs that meet federal and state standards; protecting the safety and welfare of apprentices; issuing nationally recognized and portable Certificates of Completion of Apprenticeship to apprentices; promoting the development of new programs through marketing and technical assistance; assuring that all programs provide high quality training; and assuring that all programs produce skilled and competent workers. In addition, a wide variety of stakeholders exist, including state organizations, industry associations, educational organizations (both secondary and post-secondary), workforce development organizations, economic development organizations, community-based organizations, and others. These stakeholders have a substantial interest in its success of Registered Apprenticeship.
The on-the-job learning portion of the apprenticeship program will take place at the company the candidate gets accepted with. The companies apart of this program will be in the St. Louis region. The online portion of the education track could be completed anywhere.
Currently, no. This apprenticeship program is designed for candidates eligible to work in the United States. It is also currently just for candidates living in the St. Louis region.
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