University of Limerick launches apprenticeship in Cyber Security

14 July 2021 

Minister of State, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Niall Collins TD has announced a new Level 8 Honours Degree Cyber Security Practitioner Apprenticeship at University of Limerick.

The two-year programme, which will commence intake in September 2022, has been developed by UL in collaboration with Limerick for IT industry network and the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum. The work-based apprenticeship will include 70% of students’ time spent learning on-the-job with the remainder, two days a week during the academic year, in an academic setting.

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Speaking about the need for the new programme Denis Kelly, former VP Dell and consortia chair, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work, and that includes cyber criminals, who have had a particularly busy and lucrative time.”

“The scale and complexity of cyber-attacks is wide ranging and financially devastating with a potential cost of $10.5 trillion by 2025 according to Dell EMC,” he added.

The new UL apprenticeship was developed with a number of global industry partners and public sector organisations. The industry consortia will advise on desired learning outcomes for graduates and provide on the job learning in Dell, Northern Trust, Johnson & Johnson, WP-Engine, General Motors, BD, Action Point, Lufthansa, Transact Campus, Limerick, Clare and Tipperary County Councils and many more.

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