UK Government urges students to enrol in cybersecurity programme

The UK Government has launched a £20 million cybersecurity schools programme and is urging students aged 14 to 18 years to enrol. The Government hopes that this scheme will help address the increasing skills shortage that the country is facing.

The Cyber Schools Programme rolled out by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports will offer students an opportunity to learn the latest IT security skills while they are studying. It hopes to impart digital skills to prepare these students to join the workforce.

The programme will also launch extracurricular clubs, online games and various activities across the country to encourage students to learn and hone IT security skills.

It has already managed to forge partnerships with BT, Cyber Security Challenge UK, FutureLearn and SANS. These partners will be responsible for delivering the training, which will run for a period of four years. Besides students, volunteers, teachers and industry professionals can register for the programme.

Candidates who register will have to go through a pre-entry assessment to get accepted into the programme. The Government hopes to train 5,700 students aged 14 to 18 by 2021 so that they can do their bit to protect UK businesses against cyberattacks.

Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said that the UK Government’s Cyber Schools Programme has been launched to inspire talented students who will be joining the workforce in the future. It is an opportunity for them to learn the latest IT security skills while pursuing their secondary education.

Mr Hancock urged students who are interested in moving into a career related to cybersecurity to register for the training programme.

A recent survey revealed that by 2022, there will be a shortage of 350,000 IT security experts in Europe. While skills shortages in this area in the UK have shrunk over the last two years, there has been an increase in cyberattacks and hacking attempts that have caused a surge in demand for well-trained cybersecurity experts.

 

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