Cyber Ready Scotland

A Professional Upskilling Programme


Introduction to Cyber Ready Scotland

Cyber Ready Scotland is a 6-month professional upskilling programme designed to develop those who are currently employed, and their organisation is seeking to upskill them with cybersecurity skills

The flipped-classroom approach combines classroom and online teaching methods and is designed to encourage applications from candidates who may have other commitment and time limitations.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be currently in employment that are residents of Scotland and could be:

  • Working in a first/second line IT roles and looking to enhance your cybersecurity skills
  • Former IT Apprentices who are looking to specialise in cybersecurity
  • New Security Operations Centre (SOC) employees
  • Digital Technology Specialists within the FinTech sector

Why should I pursue a career in Cyber?

Cyber Security is a hot topic and getting hotter! With 46% of UK businesses identifying cyber security breaches over the last 12 months there is a real need for organisations to prepare themselves. A recent survey of the UK’s biggest 350 companies said more than two thirds of boards had not received training to deal with a cyber incident, despite more than half saying cyber threats were a top risk to their business. Statistics like this means that employers are actively seeking recently training Cyber Security talent.

Cyber related salaries range from £20,000 to £80,000 depending on experience according to

What to Expect?

15 candidates will be selected by a panel of assessors to join the Cyber Ready programme. Each candidate will receive:

  • A Cyber Security Expert to mentor the cohort
  • 12-month access to industry standard learning content
  • CompTIA Security+ and CySA+ Qualifications once the exam is completed

The programme itself is divided into 4 simple stages Application and Screening, Training and Education, Face to Face Cyber Wargames and Ongoing Development. On the most part it is delivered online, with the exception of a weekend workshop. This will take place in either Edinburgh or Glasgow (exact location to be confirmed)

Would you like to be considered for the Cyber Ready Programme?

Register your interest to join the Cyber Ready Programme.


About CompTIA

CompTIA is the leading and trusted voice of the world's IT industry. As a non-profit, international trade association we represent more than 2,000 members, 3,000 academic and training partners and tens of thousands of registered users spanning the entire information communications and technology (ICT) industry.

We promote best practices as the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral certifications to industry, education providers and awarding organisations.

Our certifications are vendor-neutral, which offer learners industry-relevant knowledge and skills across a broad spectrum of principles / technologies and beyond any one IT provider. This approach provides a consistent, versatile foundation on which a learner can build and is particularly suited for nascent Cybersecurity Analysts in the industry.

Further Info

If you have any questions or would like more information about Cyber Ready, please email [email protected]