An Aberdeen-based company has launched a new competition to help students and professionals kickstart their careers in cybersecurity.
The TechForce, which specialises in cybersecurity solutions and consultancy, will offer support to five individuals to help them achieve their CompTIA Security+ qualification – an essential requirement for those seeking to pursue a career in IT security.
Prospective participants have until Thursday 31st October to register their interest in the competition, which requires them to submit a one-minute video via YouTube explaining how they will benefit from the qualification.
The best five entries will be rewarded with funding towards the cost of their exam. Two of these will be reimbursed in full, while the other three will receive a 50% contribution on receipt of proof of their qualification until the end of March 2020.
Jai Aenugu, managing director at The TechForce, said: “As part of our commitment to paying it forward, we are always looking at ways in which we can support the next generation of talent coming into the IT and security industry.
“With that in mind, we are delighted to offer five individual sponsorships, covering up to 100% of the exam cost, to help people get their foot on the career ladder.”
Aenugu added: “As well as university and college students, we expect to receive applications from working people of all ages and backgrounds who are perhaps keen to pivot their careers to focus exclusively on security.
“From all the team at The TechForce, best of luck to all the applicants and I look forward to sifting through the submissions after the deadline to help select the winners.”
To be eligible, applicants must be a Scottish resident and not hold any existing cybersecurity certifications or a related degree. Video links can be marked as “unlisted” to remain private and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.