Data security experts are still in short supply on the German labor market, which is why we launched our part-time training program for cyber security professionals (certified by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry) in 2014. Deutsche Telekom apprentices and students in cooperative study programs can apply for the two-and-a-half-year course after completion of their vocational training or course of study. If they are accepted, the program is integrated into their regular tasks and supplemented by topic-based and general modules in a variety of formats (classroom courses, e-learning, blended learning). Those who complete the development program receive a certificate for IT security professionals from the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Given the great demand, including from other companies and public agencies, we have decided to open up our further training to employees from other organizations. The fifth year’s intake embarked on the program in 2018 and comprises ten employees from Deutsche Telekom and five participants from other companies.
The verdict now that the first two years have completed the program is a positive one. Of the 20 graduates from the 2014 and 2015 intake, 19 were kept on at Deutsche Telekom. They can obtain credits in their Bachelor’s and Master’s program for the skills they have acquired as part of the further training.
Existing IT occupations in Germany that require training are currently being revised and updated. The profile of the Cyber Security Professional is being used as a proposition by the expert commission.