Security Operations Apprentice

Type: Apprentice
Region: South East

Job Details

18th March 2024 £18,750 Level 3 Apprenticeship Information Technology, Cyber Security Guildford

Technology Security Operations Analyst Level 3 Apprenticeship

Do you have a real interest in Cyber Security? 

Join our AQA Early Careers Scheme as an Apprentice Technology Security Operations Analyst and ensure cyber well-being throughout our business. The Security Operations Team play an important role in defending, investigating, and responding to cyber threats targeting AQA. NCSC reported that there were 2.39million instances of cyber-crime against UK businesses in 2022/23 with education being a prominent target and ransomware the predominant threat.

You’ll study towards a level 3 Cyber Security Technician apprenticeship and gain experience in managing cyber hygiene and monitoring infrastructure. By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge to appropriate software, technologies, and data analysis. This apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in common cyber security tooling and techniques working alongside and learning from dedicated Security Analysts.

What’s involved?

Working in our Security Operations team, you will assist in the investigation of potential cyber threats by interpreting telemetry from a number of deployed tools; assist in the deployment of robust procedures to protect users from cyber based threats; support vulnerability management across the AQA estate and support the penetration testing of AQA systems. 

You could also be responsible for: 

  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of information security controls and procedures
  • Monitoring, investigating and resolving technical and cyber security related incidents, collaborating with other teams when required
  • Monitoring, reporting and assuring the appropriate application of security related software and firmware updates and patches
  • Defining protective monitoring requirements and assisting with their implementation

Who you are 

To be eligible for this role, you must have at least 5 GCSEs grade A-C, including Maths and English. Due to the nature of our business and the market we operate in – predominantly A levels and GCSEs – you need to be over the age of 18 years from 1st September 2024 to avoid any potential conflict of interest. 

We’re looking for people with the ability to support colleagues of varying technical ability and experience in Cyber Security. You should be able to take accountability for your actions, with the confidence to assess the situation in front of you and provide solutions. Personal qualities we’d like to see also include: 

  • Resilience and adaptability 
  • Great communication and relationship building skills
  • Analytical thinking and ability to respond to complex issues

We believe everyone benefits from equality, diversity and inclusion, which is why we are keen to keep developing a diverse workforce with individuals from all backgrounds. 

What’s on offer?

We’re committed to continuing your development. There could be further opportunities to broaden your knowledge and skills, we always encourage you to take a proactive approach to your future. Our Apprentices also enjoy a benefits package, which includes: 

  • 25 days annual leave, not including Bank Holidays, rising with length of service, and additional closure days at Christmas  
  • Private medical insurance, health care cash plan and life assurance 
  • Discounted membership at Surrey Sports Park
  • Smart hybrid working
  • Subsidised lunches
  • Headspace app access 

About AQA

Every journey starts with a question.

AQA are an education charity with over 120 years of assessment expertise and knowledge. We design and deliver fair assessments to more than one million learners every year. By always doing the right thing, we aim to never let a learner down. We’re more than just an exam board. Through our customers, we use our world-class research and expertise to help define the assessment world.

We are always striving to empower our employees in the work they do and in their professional development. By joining our Early Careers programme, you’ll receive the support and guidance you need to grow in your career and develop your skills. Through working on real-life projects you’ll gain hands-on experience, and you’ll get to see your work implemented throughout our business, making an impact to the millions of students who take our exams each year.

We have a range of Apprenticeship opportunities available in different business functions throughout AQA, including Accounting, Technology Security Operations, Compliance and Risk, and Technology Service Management. In our Apprenticeship programmes, you’ll gain on-the-job experience whilst also studying towards a professional qualification. 

We believe that everyone benefits from equality, diversity, and inclusion, which is why we are keen to keep developing a diverse workforce with individuals from all backgrounds.

How to apply

To apply for this programme and to find out more, please click on the apply button below.

Please note that applications may close before the application deadline, so apply early to avoid disappointment.

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