Posted on Mar 22, 2021
Learning Curve Group Launch Cyber Security Course to help tackle the digital skills gap.
The digital industry is growing at a rapid pace, and it comes to no surprise that it continues to evolve throughout the pandemic with so many organisations switching to online ways of working. Technology kept the country going through various lockdowns and will now have a leading role in fueling the national recovery. Digital skills are becoming even more essential to businesses as many traditional industries are digitalising and our ways of working are changing continuously. For businesses to survive, it is essential that people are equipped with the digital skills that the new wave of technology requires.
However, the digital industry is changing faster than people are being taught the relevant skills to keep up with new technologies. This has created a ‘digital skills gap’, meaning that businesses do not have employees with the necessary digital skills to grow and innovate. The more senior and highly skilled employees are not as ‘tech savvy’ and are unable to adopt the digital technologies that will make the business more effective. This results in many people working extended hours to meet the standard of work required.
The only way out of this is through good quality education and training. By expanding your knowledge to cover the essential digital skills this will make you valuable to any current or future employers in your career. Learning Curve Group’s new online course in the Principles of Cyber Security is a great entry level qualification to build the knowledge needed to meet employers’ demands of digital skills. Cyber security has become a significant focus for businesses all over the world. With complex online scams and cybercrime, it is essential that businesses and their staff have a clear understanding of the preventative measures to maintain cyber security.
There are so many areas that businesses need to be aware of to be able to practice strong cyber security. This level 2 course will cover a variety of topics including understanding digital terminology, legal and ethical aspects, common cyber threats, methods of maintaining cyber security and much more. The course isperfect for people looking to begin their career in any area which will include using technology, which today is most jobs. The digital industry will no doubt continue to grow at a rapid pace which will mean that many jobs will now need to be technology focused and applicants will need to be more qualified than ever in areas relating to IT and digital.
Research from the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in 2019 highlighted that 82% of online job vacancies require digital skills as an essential requirement. “The move up the career ladder from low- to high-skill jobs comes with increased demand for specific digital skills. Acquiring specific digital skills makes career progression as well as a pay increase more likely. In certain fields, job seekers need to develop digital skills related to specific technical tools of their chosen discipline to advance their careers.”
This course is not only for people beginning their career, but it is also extremely beneficial for people who are working within an organisation that requires them to expand their digital skills. As it is essential for all business to follow the General Data Protection Regulation, staff need to be aware of how they keep data secure and the rules around transferring data.
For any business to thrive after the pandemic, it is essential that staff are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need. Some employers may not see upskilling their current staff as important but, companies that fail to ensure their staff keep building on their skills are likely to be superseded by those that do, or even by new companies.
If businesses have a positive approach to lifelong learning and choose to upskill their staff, they will not only develop a loyal workforce who will be more productive and motivated in the workplace, but they will also ensure they avoid being trapped in the ‘digital skills gap’.
This Level 2 qualification is available fully funded for people over the age of 19 who live in England. It can be completed fully online, with the support of a specialist tutor, without the need to attend college. On completion of the course, learners will achieve a nationally recognised Level 2 qualification and have the knowledge and understanding of the main principles of cyber security which will be valuable throughout their professional and personal lives.
For more information on this course, or to sign up, click here.