Josh Thorpe – Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist Apprentice at Arco
“An Apprenticeship is a great learning opportunity – there’s a lot to learn, but it’s fun!”
What would you say to someone considering a Level 4 Cyber Security Technologist Apprenticeship?
“To someone considering an Apprenticeship in Cyber Security, I would say go for it. It is a great learning opportunity and it has an ever-expanding demand, especially as more people begin to invest in data protection and IT security.
The ATP have been fully supportive of me during my Apprenticeship and the training offered is really, really good. My trainer is great at explaining things and the
live virtual lessons work really well.
Virtual lessons are more convenient than having to drive or pay for a train ticket to get on site. It’s easy just to book a meeting room for the lesson. If I need assistance both my trainer and mentor are always quick to jump in and help.”
Has your role changed since you started your apprenticeship?
“When I started my Apprenticeship I was, for the most part, answering service desk tickets and releasing emails etc. Now my manager assigns me more difficult tasks and I’m asked to do more roles. I’ve been given more responsibilities such as building and configuring virtual servers, implementing security devices such as Honeypots, creating and modifying firewall rules and taking part in penetration and internal vulnerability tests.
I often find things to work on out of my own proactive investigation, and then use what I’ve learned from the Apprenticeship and from those I work with to provide solutions. I am more useful to the team now, which gives me the opportunity to learn more about the workplace and the things that need to be done. If someone asks me a question I feel more useful—I’m more independent, which I enjoy.”
How do you plan to develop your career after you finish your Apprenticeship?
“After I complete my Apprenticeship my aims are to stay at Arco and move into a full Cyber Security Technologist role. This will be a good career path because I will already have a good understanding of how security implantation is configured on our network.
The most enjoyable part of my role is learning new things.”