Cyberskills training provided to thousands of students

Grade 8 students wearing masks to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus work at computers in the library of Moor End Academy in Huddersfield, northern England on September 11, 2020. - Millions of children Children across the UK have returned to school following the Covid-19 lockdown with many schools putting in place measures to create the safest environment possible. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP via Getty Images)

Children in schools will have the opportunity to learn cybersecurity skills (Credit: Getty Images)

Thousands of children will have the opportunity to learn cybersecurity skills used by intelligence agencies.

They will also be taught how to launch a career in the industry, thanks to a new program that is rolling out to high schools across the country.

The Cyber ​​Explorers scheme is part of the government’s plan to create a more diverse and highly skilled generation of talent for the UK’s burgeoning cybersecurity industry and to tackle current skills gaps.

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the new program will use characters, quizzes and activities to show students how digital and computer skills can be. how it opens up many different career paths.

Cybersecurity Secretary Julia Lopez said: ‘For many years the UK has led the world in cybersecurity, but we are now looking to the future. This field is home to some of our most exciting, creative work, and they should be open to everyone.

‘Cyber ​​Explorers will give thousands of young people the opportunity to learn the digital skills they need for the modern workplace and get the best possible start on their journey towards a career in the industry. cyberspace.’

The government says girls and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are currently not allowed to take IT courses at GCSE level and equivalent, but the Network Explorers program has been designed to appeal to students. right before they choose their subjects at those levels, with the aim of improving the diversity of people in computer science courses.

Lancaster Premier Steve Barclay said: ‘The UK’s cybersecurity industry is evolving from strength to strength and we must continue to open up the opportunities it presents to the economy. our economy by investing in the right skills and training.

‘Cyber ​​Explorers are a great opportunity to encourage the new generation to learn the essential digital skills they need for the future and get the best possible start to their careers, as well as meet meet the demand for future talent in the field.’

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