UK government wants to give 5700 teenagers cyber security training programme.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to launch a cyber security training programme for schoolchildren later this year.
The £20m Cyber Schools Programme will provide up to 6,000 secondary school students with training through extracurricular clubs, activities and an online game. A pilot programme will be launched in the autumn.
Applications are open to students aged 14 to 18, with hundreds of hours of extra curricular content designed to fill a four-year programme. It will be delivered in modules and students up 18 years old can join at any time providing they meet the right criteria. Older students, for example, may work through the content and challenges at a faster pace.
The target is for at least 5,700 teenagers to be trained by 2021. The pilot programme year will be launched in the autumn.
- The news comes as DCMS also confirms £500k funding to continue a pilot to help adults who want to retrain for a job in cyber security by taking a GCHQ-accredited master’s degree.
- Up to £500k will be distributed between participating universities to help those who want to use their skills and work experience to move into a cyber security career.
- Those interested in applying must first be accepted onto participating courses and apply for the bursary through the university.