Scholarship fund announced to address privacy skills shortage

25/01/2023 | Freevacy

Ahead of Data Protection Day 2023, Freevacy is delighted to announce a major new initiative to address the industry-wide skills and talent shortage. As we reported last week, almost 95% of organisations are experiencing a privacy skills gap. With not enough experienced practitioners to go around, it's clear we need to do more to draw people into the profession and relieve pressure on the core teams responsible for data protection compliance. One solution is to cross-train and upskill existing employees as privacy champions rather than only looking to recruit. That's why we're introducing the Joyce Allen Privacy Champion BCS Scholarship, offering up to 20 individuals an opportunity to obtain the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection. 

This fully funded initiative is designed to entice new entrants into the field, providing them with a recognised qualification, which could one day lead to a full-time career in privacy. For organisations, the programme aims to highlight the advantages of embedding privacy champions within business functions processing high amounts of personal data to relieve pressure on core privacy teams. 

Read our press release for details about how to apply. 

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