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9th November 2023

Empowering women and military spouses to enter the world of IT and Cybersecurity

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Cerco has been on a mission to bridge the gap between untapped talent and the IT sector since 1989. Furthermore, we have always believed in the importance of diversity and inclusion within an industry that may suffer the perception of being a male-only environment.

Through our continuing support for the Armed Forces community, Cerco is also ideally placed to provide support to Veterans and Military Spouses looking to build a career in IT and beyond into the world of Cybersecurity.

The Standing Tall Foundation

Through our partnership with The Standing Tall Foundation, Cerco is committed to making a difference to those who may deem the world of IT out of reach.

Founded by Corporal Andy Reid MBE and John Tabern, The Standing Tall Foundation has been actively supporting veterans and members of the St. Helens community since March 2020.

Despite the unprecedented backdrop of COVID and lockdown, the foundation continued to thrive and Cerco is honoured to be a part of their journey.

Cerco supports the foundation’s mission by providing opportunities to individuals who have faced adversity in their lives. Through this collaboration, Cerco aims to boost the confidence and skills of those who may be hesitant to embark on a career in IT.

The Armed Forces Community

Cerco’s dedication to the Armed Forces community was recognised in 2022 with the awarding of the Gold Award by the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme. This recognition signifies our strong commitment to employing veterans, spouses and reservists, offering flexibility to accommodate their service commitments, and providing unwavering support.

Empowering Military Spouses and Women in IT and Cybersecurity

Cerco’s commitment doesn’t end with supporting veterans; it extends to their families as well. Military spouses often face unique challenges due to the demands of military life. Cerco has joined forces with Fortinet’s Fortivets scheme to provide opportunities and support for military spouses looking to enter the IT field. To this end we are proud to be included within the Fortinet Veterans Advisory Council as of September 2023.

Cerco understands the importance of gender diversity in the IT and technology sectors. We are resolute in introducing more women to this dynamic field through structured training programs. This initiative is vital in bridging the gender gap in technology-related careers and creating a more inclusive environment.

In summary, Cerco is not just a training and recruitment company. We are committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse IT landscape. Through our partnership with The Standing Tall Foundation, dedication to the Armed Forces community, and focus on empowering military spouses and women in IT and Cybersecurity we aim to have a profound impact on individuals, families, and the industry as a whole.