7th August 2018
Applications for the CyberFirst Bursary scheme will open in September 2018 in preparation for the September 2019 intake.
An Introduction to CyberFirst
CyberFirst is a programme of opportunities and support helping young people explore their passion for computers and technology and introducing them to the fascinating and critical world of cyber security.
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 real deficit in the number of students with the ability to take up roles in this fast-paced industry.
What is CyberFirst?
CyberFirst has 4 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 encourage more young women to study and take up a career in cyber security
• To support undergraduates through their STEM degree and into a career in cyber security.
What’s the offer?
CyberFirst Courses: The courses are designed to introduce students to the exciting word of cyber security and inspire them to future study and hopefully a career.
CyberFirst supports women in cyber security: It’s very important that bright young women are encouraged to consider computer science at GCSE. The CyberFirst Girls competition is a high profile intervention to allow 12/13yrs old girls the opportunity to explore cyber related challenges first hand.
CyberFirst is recruiting circa 250 high calibre students with a proven aptitude for cyber security each year until 2020. The UK Government 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 UK Government 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.
Click here for more information and to registrar your interest.