TechVets aims to get UK military veterans into cyber security
To address the IT skills shortage, as well as rates of unemployment amongst military veterans, TechVets is launching an initiative that trains ex-servicemen and women in cyber skills to help them get jobs in the sector.
According to TechCrunch, there are 220,000 unemployed veterans of working age in the UK, and 45% of businesses say they have a shortage of cyber security experts. TechVets is a non-profit that addresses these problems with schemes such as the Digital Cyber Academy (developed with support from Immersive Labs), which will start providing free cyber security training to service leavers and military veterans when it launches on 8 March.
It was founded by ex-army major and entrepreneur Peter Connolly, cyber security specialist Mark Milton and army reservist and corporate-financier Euan Crawford.
TechCrunch founder Mike Butcher will also be joining the company as co-founder and advisor.