The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a £20 million extracurricular training programme, Cyber Discovery, targeting teenagers with the cyber skills for the future, as part of the Government’s £1.9 billion investment in cyber security.
Targeted at young people between 14 – 18, the programme will invite participants to take part in online real-world cyber challenges to see if they have the aptitude and potential to join the UK’s cyber security workforce. Those who demonstrate particular aptitude will then be invited to attend regional camps and take part in face-to-face interactions with leading cyber experts and organisations.
Secretary of State for DCMS, Karen Bradley, said on announcing the initiative that ‘Cyber Discovery will help inspire the digital talent of tomorrow and give thousands of young people the opportunity to develop cutting edge cyber security skills’.
techUK welcomes the initiative, which will be another important part of efforts to bridge the cyber skills shortfall in the UK, recently estimated to be 1.8m by 2022. Initiatives like this, aimed at a younger audience, are vital in addressing the skills gap in the long term, creating clear routes to cyber careers for young people. However, it is vital that this initiative forms part of a wider response, which also looks to address short term challenges, including migration concerns in the face of Brexit and ensuring there are clearer career pathways for returners as well as efforts to re-skill existing employees.
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