IT Security Apprentice

Do you want to play a part in protecting Virgin Media O2 from security threats? Would you like to study, learn and work towards a professional qualification? Join us on our IT Security Apprentice Scheme and you can do both!

Protect us from security threats 

There are new threats and vulnerabilities emerging every single day, and it’s an IT Security Apprentices’ responsibility to implement our security strategy across Virgin Media O2 to avoid those threats and enable us to continue trading. The wider business will come to the Security team to assess their security risks and you’ll need to set the right controls, ensuring they’re implemented and verified. Your main responsibility will be to ensure the standards we need to work towards are being met. 


Build skills for the future 

As an IT Security Apprentice, you’ll be working in our Security team, setting security requirements by taking into account security standards that must be followed so we can continue trading safely. By the end of the programme, you’ll have gained new technical experience, a good understanding of various security concepts, and the ability to have a technical conversation. You could be developing best practice on IT or Network security issues, providing security information and guidance, and even training support staff on security threats to ensure our business stays safe. Other responsibilities you could take on include: 

  • Contributing to, reviewing and making recommendations based on the security aspects of the design of an IT/Network system.  
  • Setting IT and Network security requirements and governance for new initiatives with our business requirements and standards we must meet in mind 
  • Delivering security advice to ensure that identified threats are handled effectively 
  • Conducting investigations into information security incidents to provide recommendations for future improvements and protocols 


What we look for 

We’d to meet curious individuals who are willing to learn new things along the way. An understanding of threat landscapes and vulnerabilities would be helpful. You should have a passion for new technologies as well as happy to drive your own progression. Your area of responsibility will be the South of England so you will need to be willing to travel to meet and collaborate with the team however, the majority of your work will be home-based. Other qualities we’re looking for in a candidate include: 

  • Strong influencing skills 
  • Excellent communicator 
  • Great relationship builder 
  • Ability to manage expectations 
  • Data analysis skills 

We’re 100% committed to having a workforce that represents every part of our society, so we’re keen to hear from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances. The only barrier to applying would be if you didn’t have the right to work in the UK and were unable to obtain it without our support. 


What’s in it for you 

Throughout the scheme, you will be working towards a Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions qualification as well as a BSc in Digital & Technology Solutions, which is secured by a final assessment. Once you do complete the apprenticeship, you will have the experience and skills needed to progress into a Junior IT Security Manager role, with future opportunities including senior roles. We’re also offering a starting salary of £30,000 with opportunities to progress that considerably every year. You will also get to enjoy our amazing benefits, which include: 

  • 25 days holiday 
  • Your birthday off every year 
  • Employee discounts on mobile, broadband and TV services 

…and loads more! 


What is involved with studying for an apprenticeship?  

Your apprenticeship is made up of learning on the job, but also gaining the academic skills to put into practice in your day-to-day job.  As a result, you’ll complete the apprenticeship as part of a structured learning programme alongside working in the role. The learning programme is made up of a suite of modules and milestones and you’ll be required to evidence your work against these modules via tasks and assignments. For some apprenticeships, you may also undertake additional technical qualifications, which include studying for, and taking an exam. Once you have completed your modules and milestones, you’ll then move to your End Point Assessment (EPA) which is typically made up of an interview and a project. Once you pass this stage, you will receive your apprenticeship qualification with us.   


Apprenticeship: Level 6 Digital & Technology Solutions
Duration: 36 months
Start Date: September 2022
Locations: Reading
Requirements: 5 GCSES Level 9-4 including Maths and English, or a Level 2 Apprenticeship or equivalent
Salary: Starting salary of £30,000, with an increase to £33,000 after 12 months, then £36,000 after 24 months. Final salaries can be from £40,000 all with amazing benefits 

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