Upskilling former first responders for a new career in cyber security

As part of our ongoing commitment to those transitioning from first responder roles, Fortem Australia has partnered with University of NSW (UNSW) Canberra Cyber to offer a five-week introductory course on Cyber Security Fundamentals.

“With a focus on delivering a balance of the technical, practical and human aspects of cyber security throughout its educational programs, this course will see Fortem’s Transition & Employment Program clients gaining skills in security that can help build expertise and talent in this space,” says UNSW Canberra Cyber Director, Nigel Phair.

“Transitioning first responders are the perfect candidates for this training. It is increasingly important that people are equipped with the skills required to adapt to the changing landscape – and we know that first responders appreciate this more than anyone”.  

At the official launch on 21 February 2022, Minister for Home Affairs, Karen Andrews, announced the partnership funded by the Department, welcoming the opportunity “to help build Australia’s technology talent and close the gap between the supply and demand of highly skilled cyber security professionals.

“This is a gain for first responders seeking a career change, and aligns with the Federal Government’s aim to see a skills boost through micro-credentials in the post-COVID-19 recovery.”

John Bale, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Fortem Australia, also applauds the alliance: “There’s no off-switch for the people wired to safeguard our communities. For those transitioning out of first responder roles on-the-ground, this is a great opportunity to further augment their robust skill set, while continuing to protect and serve their communities in a new career context.”

Nigel Phair adds, “UNSW Canberra Cyber is at the cutting-edge of the latest technology and expertise. We are proud to offer highly specialised training based on our leading expertise in International Security Affairs, Complex Systems Security and Artificial Intelligence.”

For more information on courses available through the Transition & Employment Program, contact Fortem Australia’s Transition & Employment Team.