NDA Cyber Security Apprentice - Level 4 ENERGUS

A Level 4 NDA Cyber Security Apprentice is required. This apprenticeship will cover a broad range of core technical competencies and provide you with the technical knowledge to be an effective within your role. The role involves following organisational policies and standards for information and cyber security and operating according to service level agreements or employer defined performance targets.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 03 Jun 2024

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    25 days annual leave (plus Bank Holidays) Access to the Energus contributory pension scheme Access to our Employee Assistance Programme Access to Aviva DigiCare+ Workplace

  • Working week

    Monday to Friday. Exact shifts to be confirmed.

    Total hours per week: 37.5

  • Expected duration

    24 Months

  • Possible start date

    02 Sep 2024

  • Date posted

    15 May 2024

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    2 available

What you will do in your working day

During this apprenticeship you will develop the following technical competencies:

  • Discovering (through a mix of research and practical exploration) vulnerabilities in a system
  • Analysing and evaluating security threats and hazards to a system or service or processes
  • Researching and investigating some common attack techniques and recommending how to defend against them
  • Undertaking a security risk assessment for a simple system and proposing basic remediation advice
  • Sourcing and analysing a security case (e.g. a Common Criteria Protection Profile for a security component) and describing what threats, vulnerabilities or risks are mitigated and identifying any residual areas of concern
  • Developing a simple security case without supervision
  • Identifying and following organisational policies and standards for information and cyber security and operating according to service level agreements or employer-defined performance targets

Technical Knowledge and Understanding:

In addition, this apprenticeship will teach you about-

  • The importance of Cyber Security to business and society
  • Concepts such as security, identity, confidentiality, integrity, availability, threat, vulnerability, risk and hazard, and also how these relate to each other and lead to risk and harm
  • Security assurance concepts and how assurance may be achieved in practice (e.g. penetration testing and extrinsic assurance methods)
  • Building a security case - deriving security objectives with reasoned justification in a representative business scenario
  • Cyber security concepts applied to ICT infrastructure – can describe the fundamental building blocks and typical architectures and identify some common vulnerabilities in networks and systems
  • A range of attack techniques and sources of threat
  • The principles of cyber defence, developing your ability to describe ways to defend against attack techniques
  • Relevant laws and ethics and development and understanding of the role of criminals and other UK and international laws
  • The existing threat landscape, developing your ability to describe and apply relevant techniques for horizon scanning
  • Threat trends – developing your ability to describe the significance of identified trends in cyber security and understand the value and risk of this analysis
  • The importance of ensuring compliance with GDPR (Data Protection).

The training you will be getting

For the duration of your 24-month apprenticeship you will work on behalf of NDA, while being employed by Energus

  • Functional Skills in maths and English, if required
  • Cyber security technologist (2021) Level 4 Apprenticeship Standard

You will undertake a variety of tasks and processes within the team, developing your overall business knowledge.

More information about this apprenticeship can be found at the following website: https://www.qa.com/apprenticeships/cyber-security/cyber-security-engineer-level-4/ and https://www.qa.com/apprenticeships/cyber-security/cyber-security-risk-analyst-level-4/

What to expect at the end of your apprenticeship

Successful completion of this apprenticeship will open a wide range of professional cyber security opportunities to you, including:

  • Cyber Operations Manager
  • Security Architect
  • Penetration Tester
  • Security Analyst
  • Risk Analyst
  • Intelligence Researcher
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Governance & Compliance Analyst 

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, IT skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Number skills, Logical


GCSE or equivalent x5 GCSE's including English & Maths (Grade 9 - 4 (A*- C)) Essential
A Level or equivalent ICT such as a BTEC Extended Diploma (Grade 180 credits (extended diploma)) Essential

Things to consider

Candidates must be willing to relocate if required.  The successful candidates will need to achieve UK SC Security Clearance to undertake the role. As part of your apprenticeship programme you will be registered as a STEM ambassador, connecting you with young people and inspiring them to become the next generation of STEM professionals.

About the employer

About Energus and the NDA Energus is a training and conference facility based in West Cumbria. We facilitate award winning Graduate and Apprenticeship Programmes nationally on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and the wider nuclear industry. Energus have over 10 years’ experience managing Graduate and Apprenticeship Programmes across the UK. We address skills shortages across the nuclear industry and ensure a continuous pipeline of talent into the industry. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is a non-departmental public body created through the Energy Act 2004.  We’re charged with the mission to clean up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites safely, securely and cost-effectively. Doing this with care for our people, communities and the environment is at the heart of our work. We’re committed to overcoming the challenges of nuclear clean-up and decommissioning, leaving our 17 sites safe and ready for their next use. We deliver our mission through our site license companies and subsidiaries. NDA’s role is to support our sites, businesses and employee’s, optimising delivery by providing group leadership, focus and governance.





Blackwood Road

Lillyhall Industrial Estate

CA14 4JW

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Adjustments for experience

You could reduce your training time, or finish your apprenticeship faster, if you have relevant prior learning or experience. This could be relevant:

  • training
  • qualifications, like an NVQ in a relevant field
  • industry or sector experience

Apprenticeship standard

Cyber security technologist (2021)

Level 4 (Higher national Certificate)

Demonstrating experience

If your application is successful, you will have a chance to discuss your relevant prior learning or experience with your training provider and employer. You will all need to agree any adjustments to your training plan.

You should be prepared to show your competence, and evidence of relevant qualifications

Employer's Application Instructions

Apply on-line. Please complete the application form on the Energus website. Interviews/assessments will be taking place week commencing 17th June 2024.

This apprenticeship requires you to apply through the employer's website.

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Closing date: 03 Jun 2024