Skills & Careers

Growing cyber security expertise

Cyber security skills are in increasing demand, with a skills gap that we need to address. We are doing this by embedding cyber security strategically as a key strand of digital skills development. Our skills agency, Skills Development Scotland (SDS), is leading important activity, including: 

  • promoting cyber security as a career, and providing guidance on how to get into cyber security 
  • refreshing the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Information Security 
  • creating a baseline of evidence of what works in developing skills, and promoting and consolidating cyber security within apprenticeship programmes.

Understand cyber security careers

The cyber security industry continues to grow rapidly with many new and exciting jobs emerging all the time

SDS has produced an interactive career framework that sets out 15 key cyber security roles, providing information about what these roles involve, qualifications required and general salary levels for each.

Alongside the career framework is information about Scotland’s coherent “ladder” of cyber security qualifications that are available in schools, colleges and universities. All the qualifications are linked to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and many of the computing science courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level may also include cyber security modules.

The Digital World website includes an interactive map with a range of learning opportunities near you.

Find out more about NCSC-certified Bachelor’s, Integrated Master’s and Master’s degrees in cyber security and closely related fields.

Apprenticeships in Cyber Security

Graduate Apprenticeships in Cyber Security are available at SCQF level 10 BEng (Hons) and SCQF level 11 BEng (Masters). Find out more information and how to apply for a vacancy.

Apply for a vacancy

Whether you’re looking to improve your long-term talent pipeline or address skills gaps, the Scottish apprenticeship programme offers flexible options to suit your business needs. Employers can use apprenticeships to attract new talent or upskill existing staff.

Get involved in education and skills development

Cyber security professionals can add significant value to education and to the development of skills in a number of ways, for example by:

  • providing careers talks in schools, colleges, universities and youth clubs
  • mentoring students or offering work placements/internships –
  • co-delivering sessions on specific technical topics, for example as part of a qualification being delivered in a school or a college
  • recruiting and mentoring apprentices
  • providing tailored support for individuals with particular barriers, such as for autistic people, people returning to the workforce or changing careers
  • providing input at events or courses, for example the Cyber Christmas Lectures or CyberFirst residential courses
  • writing challenges for use in national competitions, for example the CyberFirst Girls Competition
  • becoming a partner of the CyberFirst programme 

If you would like to find out more about any opportunities to contribute to education and skills, please email: [email protected]