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Cybersecurity is a critical field that protects our most important and private information. However, there is a severe shortage of qualified cybersecurity workers, especially with today’s constantly changing cybersecurity needs [1]. The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP), the largest Registered Apprenticeship program to date, continues to add new cybersecurity trades targeting technical apprentice skills to bolster our nation’s cyber workforce. To learn more about USMAP visit the Federal Agency Apprenticeship Programs page. Registered Apprenticeship is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class cybersecurity talent. In 2023, there were 60,676 registered apprentices served in cyber-related occupations, a 254 percent increase over the past 5 years [2].

[1] Fortinet, “2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap” (

[2] The numbers represent apprentices from multiple industries in cybersecurity related occupations as recorded in the Registered Apprenticeship Partners Information Database System (RAPIDS). The total includes 50,383 United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) apprentices and 10,293 non-USMAP” apprentices.

“Our cybersecurity apprenticeship programs are perfectly situated to help us attract candidates while lowering the barriers of time and cost associated with traditional “on the job” training. We have definitely seen a competitive edge in having a pool of passionate people on a path to improvement and success.”

-Chris Dunn, CEO & Founder, Covered 6

High Demand Apprenticeship Occupations

120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint

During the recently-completed 120-Day Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Sprint, the U.S. Department of Labor partnered with the White House, U.S. Department of Commerce, and other federal agencies to promote the Registered Apprenticeship model as a solution for numerous industries to develop and train a skilled and diverse cybersecurity workforce.

View the White House Fact Sheet summarizing the Sprint’s successes.

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In the 120 days between July 19 and Nov 16, 2022:

Deputy Secretary of Labor Julie Su
194 cybersecurity related programs moving forward. +120 occupations added to programs.
7,965 apprentices. 2,100 female. 3,748 people of color. 3,208 youth.

Cybersecurity-Related Industry Intermediaries

As partners of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Office of Apprenticeship (OA), Registered Apprenticeship Industry Intermediaries are integral stakeholders in the effort to expand the number of Registered Apprenticeship opportunities across industries throughout the U.S. These partners increase awareness through industry outreach, connect employers and labor organizations with workforce and education partners, and provide technical assistance to launch and expand Registered Apprenticeship (RA) programs. Apprenticeship Industry Intermediaries are also tasked with helping apprenticeship sponsors refine recruiting, hiring, and retention strategies to increase Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) in Registered Apprenticeship programs.

To learn more about the cybersecurity-related Industry Intermediaries, view the fact sheets below:

Cybersecurity Resources