Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative partners with Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program

Washington, D.C. – The Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative (CYAI) issued the following statement applauding the newly signed partnership with Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP).

Statement from Mark Ouellette, Project Manager of CYAI:

“More than 500,000 job openings in cybersecurity mean we need all of the resources we can gather to meet this critical need. Partnering with P-CAP ensures young people are receiving the message that registered apprenticeship programs are a proven, trusted, and reliable way to start a career in cybersecurity.”

Statement from Geanie Umberger, Executive Director of Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP):

This partnership with Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative (CYAI) is aligned with our mission to provide a 21st-century cybersecurity workforce solution for diverse talent acquisition. Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program and CYAI will serve as trusted partners for businesses and organizations to train future leaders in cybersecurity by creating a pathway to higher education, on the job training, and leadership development.”

Established in 2020, the CYAI and P-CAP partnership cultivates a steady pipeline of cybersecurity professionals for employers, while also providing an entry point for young people to find high-paying jobs in the field. Apprentices work for an employer that pays for their education while they gain paid industry experience and training. To date, CYAI has enrolled 275 apprentices and P-CAP has registered over 1,000 qualified candidates.

About Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative

Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative

Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative (CYAI) is 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 and is administered by ICF. The goal of the initiative is to create at least 900 new cybersecurity apprenticeships for youth by 2024.

About Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program

Purdue Cyber Apprenticeship Program (P-CAP) was developed in response to the federal government’s desire to fill an industry need of over 500,000 cybersecurity jobs (CyberSeek). A U.S. Department of Labor Education and Training Award granted to Purdue Polytechnic Institute has tasked Purdue University with providing a path to higher education, certifications, and cybersecurity on-the-job-learning through apprenticeships to at least 5,000 apprentices by 2023. For more information, visit