Data security experts are still in short supply on the German labor market, which is why we developed our part-time training program for cyber security professionals (certified by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry) in 2014. The two-and-a-half-year 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. They can obtain credits in their Bachelor’s and Master’s program for the skills they have acquired as part of the further training. Given the demand, including from other companies and public agencies, we have opened up our further training to employees from other organizations. The sixth year’s intake embarked on the program in 2019 and comprises 13 employees from Deutsche Telekom and five participants from other companies and public administration authorities.
The verdict now that the first three years have completed the program is a positive one. Of the 29 graduates from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 intake, 28 were kept on at Deutsche Telekom.