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UK Government Plans to Offer 6,000 Teenagers Cybersecurity T

DCMS is to launch a cybersecurity training programme for young people later this year

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to launch a cybersecurity training programme for young people later this year. 

The £20m Cyber Schools Programme will provide up to 6,000 secondary school students with training through extracurricular activities and online games.

A pilot programme will be launched in the autumn, as part of the government’s National Cyber Security programme to find the online security experts of the future.

The DCMS said the programme is intended “to make sure the UK is prepared for the future and ready to tackle the growing threat posed by cyber criminals”.

The government website adds: “We want to help young people learn some of the skills needed to work in the cybersecurity profession. In the coming years, it will be your generation building, running and protecting the UK – you could be needed to help protect industries such as banking, transport and public services.”

Minister of State for Digital Matt Hancock said: “Our Cyber Schools Programme aims to inspire the talent of tomorrow and give thousands of the brightest young minds the chance to learn cutting-edge cybersecurity skills alongside their secondary school studies. I encourage all those with the aptitude, enthusiasm and passion for a cybersecurity career to register for what will be a challenging and rewarding scheme.”

The DCMS aims to train a minimum of 5,700 teenagers by 2021.

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