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Collaborating with Academic Work, H&M and AFRY to close the cyber security skills gap

Cyber security skills training
2021-03-22

Cyber security is expected to be top of the agenda for many companies in 2021, as demand for expertise in this area grows. In reality, however, the gap between demand and available skills is increasing.

To resolve this issue, the Swedish staffing and recruitment company Academic Work and its sister company AW Academy, have initiated a collaboration with 4C Strategies, H&M, AFRY and other companies, to train new consultants and employees in the field of cyber security.

Accelerated Learning – the solution to cyber skills shortages?

Academic Work and AW Academy want to help companies to develop more skills in cyber security and be able to quickly apply them to the world of work. Once participants have completed initial cyber security training, they will adopt AW Academy’s training model, based on Accelerated Learning. After just 12 weeks of training, participants will be sufficiently qualified.

Mikael Grape
The number of cyber attacks on key societal functions increases drastically every year. What we previously saw as tomorrow's risks are now part of our everyday lives. In order to counteract this, more expertise in the field is needed. Collaboration with Academic Work, H&M, AFRY, and others is a way for us to contribute to this goal, in addition to the software solutions and expert services we deliver daily.
Mikael Grape, MD, 4C Strategies Nordic

Making a difference

“This training will provide participants with the same level of knowledge as a consultant with one to two years of experience,” says Mattias Wallén, Head Teacher, Cyber Security at AW Academy. The training programme is carried out in close collaboration with a number of companies including 4C Strategies, H&M, AFRY and others, who will use the programme to recruit future talent.

“The lack of skills in cyber security is a national challenge. We are happy to see how our network of companies and consultants trained in the programme is growing daily, and how we can actually make a difference. We at Academic Work and AW Academy are happy to contribute sustainable solutions in order to address the basic problem of skills shortages,” says Martin Persson, Business Area Manager IT at Academic Work.

Read more about the programme here (content in Swedish).

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