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How to go from national security to cyber security: ex-Commandos provide free training

How to go from national security to cyber security: ex-Commandos provide free training

New business offers route to Civvy Street for former servicemen and women 

A team of former Royal Marines Commandos have launched a business providing free cyber security training, accredited qualifications and careers for ex-servicemen and women looking for a path back to Civvy Street – and the first courses start this month.

Crucial Academy’s accredited training courses – which cover offensive cyber security, defensive cyber security, information assurance and threat intelligence – have been developed by former military personnel who have made a successful transition to notable cyber security companies or leading financial technology companies.

The first cohort will begin their courses at the end of June, following a rigorous selection process in order to ensure they are the best possible match for a new career in cyber security. The courses, which are held at Crucial Academy’s state-of-the-art training facility in Brighton, include a module which gives attendees real-world experience.

Crucial Group’s Chief Executive and former Royal Marine Commando Captain, Neil Williams, said: “I was proud to serve my country and I wanted to give something back to the military for all the skills and experiences the Marines gave me, and I know my colleagues feel the same.

Neil Williams

Neil Williams

“People who have spent time in the forces have an incredible work ethic, resilience and a security-driven mindset that makes many very well suited to a career in cyber security.

“Following my experience of leaving the forces, I know that the transition can be very challenging. We’re pleased to be able to help give them a pathway into a successful career – and in a sector where they can make such a difference.”

Once graduates have successfully completed their training and are qualified, Crucial Academy introduces them to a cyber security career with one of its commercial partners. In doing so it is helping businesses to meet the huge demand for qualified cyber security personnel – by 2019 it is expected that there will be a global shortage of 2 million cyber security professionals*.

Neil Williams added: “The other benefit to our model of course is that it also helps businesses future-proof their recruitment and growth plans by providing a pipeline of trained cyber security professionals”.

Unlike graduates of other training providers, Crucial Academy graduates will begin their new careers free of debt. The company is committed to providing further training during the initial period of their career and works with their graduates to provide them with the next level of qualification and the opportunity to enhance their skills through training, career advice and to find their next position.

Crucial Academy is an industry partner of The White Ensign Association, a charity offering personal help and advice to all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, their Reserves and families.

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