YARG grantees who are considering a cybersecurity program component, and those yet to consider it, should know about the Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative (CYAI). Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Office of Apprenticeship (OA), CYAI promotes sustainable development of cybersecurity apprenticeship programs for youth aged 16–21 with the goal of creating at least 900 new youth cybersecurity apprenticeships by 2024.

This overview of the initiative reveals the high demand* for cybersecurity skill sets and the growing number of occupations in the field. It also summarizes how CYAI can support the implementation of youth cybersecurity apprenticeships by:

  1. developing occupational profiles,
  2. co-sponsoring career events and stakeholder convenings,
  3. and providing financial support to registered apprenticeship program sponsors.

The one-sheet can also be used as a hand-out to help employers understand how registered apprenticeships can offer a significant return on investment by filling their skills gaps, increasing employee productivity and retention, and reducing attrition and recruiting costs. 

Also included in the Related Content section are two documents that provide additional information on employment trends and job openings for Information Security Analysts by state. 


Learn more about how CYAI can help you expand or strengthen your apprenticeship program. Access the resource in the Related Content section and get further details at the CYAI website.


*Between October 2019 and September 2020, there were more than 520,000 cybersecurity job openings in the United States, according to Cyberseek.