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Over 200 Barbadians to get global jobs in Cybersecurity: Government of Barbados

The government of Barbados announced that more than 200 Barbadians would get an opportunity to work in cybersecurity companies.

Saturday, 26th November 2022

Over 200 Barbadians to get global jobs in Cybersecurity: Government of Barbados
Barbados: The government of Barbados, on November 25, 2022, announced that more than 200 Barbadians would get an opportunity to work in the field of cybersecurity companies, across the world, especially in Canada. The government has anticipated that the people will be hired as a result of the training provided to the people during the Cyber Nations Training Initiative, a programme established in Canada with an aim to train around 100,000 people from the Caribbean region and African countries. Following the training under this programme, people will be able to work as cybersecurity operations analysts, cyber literacy coordinators and incident responders.

With an online cohort of around 200 Barbadians, the Ministry of Education, Technology and Vocational Training will roll out the pilot in January 2023. Learners interested in joining the cyber-security industry will go through an intensive four-month online-learning programme. At the end of the programme session, a Cyber Security Analyst certificate from George Brown College, an accredited Canadian learning institution, will be given.

Earlier, while speaking at a FORUM, Prime Minister Mia Amor mentioned that this programme would be financed by the Student Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF) and would assist Barbadians in providing lucrative opportunities.

She stated, “It is intended to train 1,500 people in the upcoming 18 months, and the starting pay will be a minimum of CND $60,000 a year per student who successfully completes the programme. These are indeed real opportunities, global jobs but living in Barbados.”

Besides this, Claudette McGowan, who is the creative mind behind the Cyber Nations Training Initiative, said, “As the cybersecurity vulnerabilities are growing with time, there are not enough cyber specialists to protect the five billion people currently using the internet.”

She added, “Barbados government is trying to tackle this problem with an innovative and modern solution that not only aims to certify those interested in a future role in the cybersecurity industry but also helps to put those skills to work immediately.”