CompTIA, ConnectWise Team For Apprenticeships
July 21, 2022
new effort to expand the nation's cybersecurity and technology workforce through
paid apprenticeships was launched by CompTIA and ConnectWise.
CompTIA and ConnectWise made their announcement in conjunction with today's
Cyber Workforce and Education Summit at the White House, where Secretary of
Labor Martin J. Walsh unveiled a Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint,
challenging industry and labor partners to help expand Registered
Apprenticeships in cybersecurity.
We focus on top level cybersecurity experts when the majority of this work is
done by rank-and-file cyber professionals.
The crux of the effort announced by the two organizations involves pairing new
IT professionals, certified by CompTIA, with eager IT businesses,
self-identified through the ConnectWise partner community, for registered
"We focus so much on top level cybersecurity experts that we forget the majority
of this work is done by rank-and-file cyber professionals," said Todd
Thibodeaux, CompTIA president and CEO, who participated in the White House
summit. "They work with end users, maintain and secure networks and defend
against phishing and other threats to keep everyone and everything working
securely. It is with these frontline positions where the most sizable staffing
deficits exist, something we intend to address with this program."
"We have thousands of partners across the IT industry who regularly tell us
about the challenges of finding qualified talent," said Jason Magee, CEO,
ConnectWise. "With the backing of the White House, and in partnership with
CompTIA as an established educator of IT professionals, we have a unique
opportunity to move hiring forward by matching trained workers with a robust
group of potential employers."
The apprenticeship effort comes at a time when demand is soaring for technology
workers generally and cybersecurity workers, specifically.
U.S. employers deployed 714,548 job postings for cybersecurity job roles and
skills during the 12-month period running through April 2022, according to data
from CyberSeek™, a joint initiative between the National Initiative for
Cybersecurity Education (NICE), CompTIA and Lightcast. Almost 40% of those job
postings were listed in the first four months of 2022, indicating that demand is
speeding up as more organizations look to strengthen defenses against a
multitude of threats.
As a newly designated National Program Sponsor for Apprenticeship, CompTIA will
use its world-class education, training and certifications to equip apprentices
with the skills and training needed for employment in technology occupations,
including cybersecurity roles. More than 3.1 million CompTIA certifications are
held by IT professionals around the world.
through its extensive network of IT service providers, is the employer partner
in the new apprenticeship initiative. These service providers deliver technology
solutions and support to small, mid-sized and large customers in all industries
and locales, placing them on the front line of cybersecurity and support for
businesses. Dozens of service providers have already expressed interest in
participating in the apprenticeship program.
CompTIA and ConnectWise will offer training, certification and employment
opportunities in five high-demand tech occupations: Tech Support Specialist,
Network Support Specialist, Cybersecurity Support Technician, Tech Project
Coordinator and Data Analyst. Training is based on National Guideline Standards
created by CompTIA and approved by the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). These
standards detail the competencies in technical and employability skills that
apprentices need to join the IT workforce.
"The ability to anticipate, identify and respond to cyber threats is essential
in each of these job roles," said Amy Kardel, senior vice president for
strategic workforce partnerships at CompTIA. "Apprentices will receive
comprehensive cybersecurity training in the knowledge and skills they will need
to protect American businesses."