Kickstart your digital career

/Click Start by Abertay University in Cyber

Provided by: Abertay University

Course Area: All areas

Course Type: Short Course

Start date: 15/04/2024

Course length: Self paced

Subjects: Cyber security

Price: Free to Former Armed Forces Members

Delivery Method: Online

/Cyber Career Jumpstart Programme

Want a job you can do from the comfort of your home? Want free training? Cyber security skills give you the chance to explore a whole new world of opportunities. Take the course in your free time and get the start you want with Salute My Job.


  • The cybersecurity skills you need
  • Dedicated training pathways
  • Flexible in your free time


Both public and private sector employers are grappling with growing skills gaps in crucial cybersecurity positions. Embark on a journey to acquire cyber security qualifications and enduring expertise with our complimentary cyber security career “Pathways” programmes. These programmes, conducted in collaboration with IBM and Abertay University, empower you to develop specialised skills and attain valuable qualifications.


Explore exclusive employment pathways tailored specifically for the Armed Forces community, and unlock a world of specialist skills and certifications.


Access anytime. Anywhere.

Most of the courses will be run on IBM’s online ‘Skillsbuild’ platform for you to undergo at your own pace from anywhere.  We will also work with partners to deliver tutored sessions.


Completely free

Achieve your career goals with top tips, expert advice and hear both from employers and others in the Armed Forces community who have completed a successful journey into employment in cyber jobs.


Dedicated training pathways

We’ve selected the best of IBM’s digital skills training courses to help you find the best training path and teamed up with Nominet and Abertay University to deliver more specialised skills training


Do I need any experience?

All you need is an open mind. You don’t need experience. You don’t need to have been to university. All you need to have is curiosity, competent IT skills and a willingness to learn new things. Maybe you want a new direction? Maybe you want to upskill? Maybe you want a raise or promotion in your current role? Click Start gives you the head start you need.


How do I get started?

Most of our courses will be run on IBM’s online ‘Skillsbuild’ platform. They are all free and most are fully remote. We have selected the best of IBM’s digital skills training courses to help you find the right course for you.


The courses you can choose from include Security Operations Pathway, Cyber Security Consulting Pathway, Network Security Pathway, and the Penetration Testing Pathway.


How much is it?

If you meet the eligibility criteria, then it’s completely free. And no, there’s no catch. These courses are delivered by Abertay University in partnership with IBM in order to fill the UK’s digital skills gap. They are part of the Click Start programme, which is developed by the IoC and funded by Nominet.


Do I get a qualification?

At the end of your short course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion from Abertay University.


Depending on the course you chose, you may be able to undertake further qualifications, such as the COMPTIA PenTest+ Certification.

Am I eligible?

Salute My Job is designed to support the Armed Forces community. The aim is to give you specialist skills and qualifications that will open-up new opportunities. Or give you better pay. Or simply help you do what you want to do in life.


Specific entry requirements depend on whether you are applying for the Security Operations, Cyber Security Consulting, or Network Security courses. However, all courses are only open to ex-servicemen and women and their partners.


If you are not eligible for this programme, you may be eligible for our other courses. Take a look at our Click Start course listings to find the course that’s best for you.

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What is Click Start?

This course is part of the nationwide Click Start training programme developed by the Institute of Coding – a national consortium of industry, educators and outreach providers and funded by Nominet – the public benefit company that operates and protects UK Internet infrastructure and uses its funds to support projects that promote digital inclusion.


The programme, which launched in 2023, helps to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap by offering skills and training to more than 26,500 learners across the country who may not have previously had opportunities.  

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