November 15, 2002 (Washington, D.C.): NPower Texas Executive Director, Jonathan Pride, attended an event at the White House Tuesday to represent NPower in marking the end of the Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint. The event was part of National Apprenticeship Week and the celebration of the 85th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act. There were remarks from senior White House and agency officials on the importance of Registered Apprenticeship in building a skilled and diverse cybersecurity workforce and the accomplishments of the Sprint. Jonathan participated in a moderated panel discussion highlighting the progress and advantages of building cybersecurity talent using Registered Apprenticeship programs. The event concluded with a signing ceremony, all to demonstrate the overwhelming potential and success in promoting Registered Apprenticeships.
As the demand for cybersecurity workers grows to meet the threats to our economy and infrastructure, the President of the United States is committed to seeing a more inclusive, robust, and skilled workforce to protect our personal and national interests. On July 19th at the National Cyber Workforce and Education Summit, the Administration gathered Cabinet Secretaries and major companies, including NPower, to discuss ways to improve pathways into this critical sector, and announced the start of its Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint. Tuesday marked the finish line of the Sprint, an initiative run by the U.S. Department of Labor in coordination with the White House Office of the National Cyber Director, Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Defense, and other federal agencies.
According to CyberSeek.org, the cybersecurity market grew at 2.4 times the rates of the rest of the job market in the last year. This leaves nearly 770,000 open cybersecurity positions at all career levels. The nation’s economic and national security is dependent on solving this workforce challenge and employers are turning to Registered Apprenticeships to meet this critical workforce need.