Training and Skills
Hands-on skills in cyber security are in high demand in all kinds of organisations. We have some outstanding skills programmes already in the region, but we also know people can find cyber security a bit of a mystery.
That’s where we can help.
Bitesize hands-on training, taster days and seminars
We will offer a range of hands-on upskilling courses for people at various stages in their career. The courses will be bitesize, meaning the could be taken at evenings, weekends and over short periods of time to fit employer working patterns and the needs of the individual.
New to Cyber
Whether you are changing careers, a computer science graduate looking to specialise or just want to find out more about what cyber security is, we have courses to suit you.
View our introductory courses
Developing your cyber career
Already working in Cyber but want to move up in your role or specialise in a new area? We have practical, hands-on courses to give you the specialist skills employers are looking for.
View our intermediate courses
Taster days and seminars
Want to find out what Cyber has to offer you and hear from industry experts on the current trends? Come along to one of taster days or seminars and found out more.
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I’m really excited to see Cyber Innovation Hub offering short, bitesize cyber upskilling as cyber is such an exciting and fast-paced area to work in. During my programme at Cardiff I was immersed in learning through a hands-on, practical approach which allowed me to learn much more quickly. After my studies, I felt confident and found it easy to recall the material as I had actually experienced it through doing, rather than reading. This has carried into my new role at Airbus as an engineer on their graduate program, where I am able to actively participate in development and planning activities.
New to Cyber
Developing your cyber career
Grants and Funding
There are various funding and grant opportunities available in Wales to support individuals in accessing training courses and improving their skill sets.
The ReAct Plus funding program is a lifeline for individuals facing redundancy or unemployment within the last 12 months. Administered by Working Wales, this scheme aims to support individuals aged between 18-24 who are not in education, employment, or training (NEET). The funding covers the cost of training courses, enabling recipients to gain new skills and boost employability prospects.
Eligibility Criteria for ReAct Plus
To be eligible for ReAct+ support you must be aged 18+ and be a resident in Wales with a right to live and work in the UK and either:
- Currently under formal redundancy notice, or
- Have been made redundant or unemployed in the last 12 months, or
- Aged between 18-24 and not in education, employment, or training
If you meet these criteria, you can explore the diverse training courses available and apply for funding through the ReAct Plus program. You may be able to access ReAct+ funding to help cover to cost of our training courses.Find out more
The Personal Learning Account (PLA) initiative offers a unique opportunity for individuals living in Wales who wish to pursue part-time courses while balancing existing responsibilities. The program aims to facilitate career transitions and enable individuals to gain valuable qualifications in priority sectors.
Eligibility Criteria for PLA
- Reside in Wales
- Desire to gain skills and qualifications in priority sectors
- Be 19 years old or above
Additionally, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Employed (including self-employed), earning below the median income
- Working on a zero-hour contract
- Employed as agency staff
- At risk of redundancy
- An offender on day release
College across Wales are offering courses through the PLA, check the course listing to see if the course can use PLA funding.Find out more
The Flexible Skills Programme is a strategic funding initiative aimed at upskilling the workforce in Wales to meet the demands of various industries. It targets the development of advanced digital skills and focuses on addressing skills gaps in priority sectors, including Digital, Export, Engineering and Manufacturing, Creative, and Tourism and Hospitality.
Eligibility and Supported Areas for Flexible Skills Programme
The funding program is primarily designed to assist businesses in upskilling their staff, with a focus on the following areas:
- Developing advanced digital skills
- Addressing export-related skills challenges
- Bridging skills gaps in the Engineering and Manufacturing Sector
- Enhancing skills in the Creative Sector
- Filling skill shortages in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector
Employers and individuals seeking funding for training programs in these specific domains can access detailed information on eligibility and application procedures on the link below.Find out more
Meet the Trainers
Find out more about our pool of cutting-edge Cybersecurity expert trainersTrainers
Case Study Venture Graduates Bootcamp
Venture graduates share their ethos with the Cyber Innovation Hub to position the right people in the right place at the right time. Towards this end, they have worked in partnership to develop a three-week bootcamp for new STEM graduates to give them a crash course in Cyber Security.
The bootcamp encompasses theoretical learning, practical application, and guidance from local large-scale employers to prepare them to follow a career in cyber. The bootcamp starts with a networking event, so that the participants can get to know the other learners, the CIH trainers and meet with the senior teams of both companies. Over the next ten days, the cohort will work with our specialist Cyber trainers covering wide ranging topics from Cyber basics through to ethical hacking and incident management. There are also several workshops and seminars run by representatives from Admiral, Alacrity, PwC, WCRC and Wales & West Utilities. At the end of the bootcamp, each participant gets the opportunity to show what they have learned in a mock interview assessment with our panel of industry experts. Venture Graduates and CIH will work to ensure that the candidates are paired with the most appropriate industry representative, based on their key skills and field interests.
Case Study Teacher Training in partnership with Cardiff Council
Cyber Innovation Hub is working in partnership with Cardiff Council to deliver Cyber training to the technical leads in schools. This course will be spread across the school year and aims to empower teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to help protect local schools from cyber attacks and confidently deliver cyber themed lessons throughout their curriculum offering.
Initially a pilot scheme for 2023/24, the CIH hopes to make this scheme available to many more schools across the region.