Traditionally, businesses and government have tended to rely upon the education system to provide a steady stream of young people into the cyber security profession. Unfortunately, it has become increasingly apparent that there is a deficit in both the quality and quantity of students seeking roles in this fast-paced industry.
What is CyberFirst?
CyberFirst has 3 key objectives:
- To provide opportunities for 11-17yr olds to explore and build their cyber security skills whilst in secondary education.
- To change the perception of cyber security and present it as an aspirational, main stream career option for young people.
- To support undergraduates through their STEM degree and into a career in cyber security.
It is the last objective, the support for undergraduates which may be of interest to companies with secure data and technology at the heart of their business.
What’s the offer?
The NCSC will recruit circa 250 high calibre students with a proven aptitude for cyber security each year until 2020. The NCSC will pay the £4,000/ annum student bursary and pay the students £250/ week for 8 weeks of summer training or work placement – in addition, the NCSC will make a sizeable contribution to student accommodation costs throughout the summer placement.
Upon successfully graduating with a minimum of 2:1, government departments and industry will have the opportunity to offer students a full-time role in cyber security.
How may Industry help support and benefit from CyberFirst Bursary Students?
Companies may offer an 8-week summer work experience package. The package must be in a cyber security related role, challenging (these students are very able) and with the support of a mentor.
Companies may commit to employing CyberFirst students upon graduation. The first 100+ students from the 2016 pilot will be looking for employment from Aug/Sept 2019.