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academia and government that provide support to its activities. These organisations can
The National Cyber Security Centre is a part of GCHQ and is charged by the UK Government for making the UK the safest place to live and work online. In an increasingly digitised world, the
NCSC has recognised the importance of equipping our young people with the skills and knowledge to exploit technology safely and securely. As part of this, the NCSC runs the CyberFirst Programme on behalf of the UK Government, which offers a range of activities helping young people explore their passion for technology and computing by introducing them to the world of Cyber Security. It comprises of free courses, university bursaries, degree apprenticeships, exciting competitions, and a
school/college recognition scheme..
The CyberFirst Schools initiative is open to secondary schools and colleges in specific areas of the UK and it is open to schools in Wales until December 11th. It recognises schools and colleges who are taking the lead in encouraging their students to undertake Computer Science and computing related qualifications, providing learning on Cyber Security concepts and encouraging them to pursue career paths into the Cyber Security profession. Schools and Colleges apply for recognition and can be awarded by the NCSC either at Bronze, Silver or Gold level, depending upon their level of attainment.
The CyberFirst programme has a wide range of organisations drawn from industry,
- Support to school/college cyber clubs/talks/workshops - Companies and their staff inspire students by sharing real world IT/cyber problems and provide virtual or face-to-face support through activities and workshops
- Student technology and cyber work placements - Companies and their staff provide GCSE, A-Level and BTEC students with work experience placements, showcasing their organisation’s field of work.
- Mentoring for school/college students - Companies and their staff provide virtual or face-to-face mentoring to support students both with computer science questions and their personal development
To find out more visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberfirst/cyberfirst-schools