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Career JumpStart: CyberSecurity Analyst Project

Career JumpStart: CyberSecurity Analyst Project

Our CJS program is currently accepting applicants to our waitlist, please read through the program description to learn how CJS can help you with your career journey. 

Interested in upskilling in cybersecurity and making a place for yourself in the GTA’s growing technology field?

Feeling anxious, depressed, or struggling with your mental health especially connected with seeking employment?

Join the Career Jumpstart program for paid technical training in partnership with IBM as well as employment and mental health supports to help you thrive in the workforce.

The world is facing a chronic shortage of cybersecurity talent as new technologies and evolving threats increase the level of cyber risk at a faster pace than existing cybersecurity teams can handle. This trend is creating unprecedented demand for cybersecurity professionals, making the cyber talent shortage one of Canada’s most critical challenges.

Our program will help match young job seekers with the skills and connections needed to fill this in-demand field, while also providing resources and strategies to support the mental health of young workers.

This program offers youth a supportive environment to obtain in-demand skills and, with YES’ leadership and employment opportunities, to become empowered in their employment goals.

This 15 week workforce development program will offer you:

  • Facilitated support in completing the IBM Cybersecurity Analyst Professional Certificate
  • Free access to technical skills platforms (including IBM Skillsbuild and Accenture’s Skills2Succeed) for self-paced learning
  • Opportunities for practical based learning projects
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities with industry leaders in the field
  • Mental Health and critical needs supports including free CBT sessions and personalized supports accessing community organizations and resources
  • Soft Skills training in valuable pre-employment areas such as conceptual thinking, problem solving, growth mindset, metacognition, self-efficacy and much more
  • Personalized resume, interview skills, and job search support to begin your career in cloud computing
  • Specialized job search support

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have ability to commit to 15 weeks of virtual training Monday-Friday (9am – 5pm)
  • Must identify as belonging to one or more Employment Ontario recognized underrepresented groups (this includes Youth, Women, Persons with Disabilities, Racialized Groups, Indigenous Peoples)
  • Must reside in or near the GTA
  • Must be highly motivated to participate and interested upskilling and working in the tech field
  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada with Canadian Citizenship, PR status, Open Work Permit with PR Approved in Principal (through IRCC), or Protected Persons (Convention Refugee/Refugee Claimant with approved working status)
  • Must have access to stable WiFi connection
  • Must be currently unemployed and out of school/formal training
  • Must not have taken prior SDF funded programs (including Y2TLE or YEs2Tech)

Priority will be given to youth applicants (between the ages of 18-29) and participants demonstrating IT knowledge and industry enthusiasm.

Please note that due to a high volume of applications, not all candidates will receive program offers, only eligible clients will receive a link to move forward.

Waitlist signup

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