CyberFirst Schools is run by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Center to promote cyber education in the region’s northwestern cyber corridor.
Through its flagship City of Skills operation, HOST will deliver the CyberFirst Schools pilot project over a period of one year to over 500 schools and colleges across the Northwest to inspire more young people to explore cybersecurity careers.
The collaboration will further increase equal access to technology careers, particularly for those from disadvantaged backgrounds and underrepresented groups, including girls and young women. Female representation in the sector is considerably low, with women accounting for only 22% of the UK’s IT workforce.
HOST, managed by IN4 group, will draw on its extensive network of local and national employers to facilitate engagement between industry and schools in the region. This will allow more young people to access opportunities, such as mentoring and work experience, outside the classroom and in the growing technology sector.
He will work with leading industry and regional academic partners, including BAE Systems, Raytheon, Siemens, AWS, University of Central Lancashire and University of Salford, to drive further investment in schools and future-proof technology talent.
The contract follows HOST’s successful delivery of three rounds of GCHQ’s Innovation Co-Lab, a program that aimed to find innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses in the Northwest. Successful companies took part in a 12-week program to work with GCHQ technicians and industry experts to improve their products. HOST also held the first North West Cyber Summit in March to support the construction of the Cyber Corridor.
The CyberFirst Schools initiative recognizes schools and colleges across the UK that are committed to encouraging young people to develop computer skills, with the NCSC awarding them gold, silver or bronze status.
Since the initiative was launched in 2020, 49 CyberFirst schools and colleges have been recognized, which have helped develop e-skills ecosystems across the country and close the e-skills gap in the industry.
The final of the CyberFirst Girls Competition 2022 was also held at the Salford HOST and focused on inspiring girls ages 12-13 to consider pursuing a career in cybersecurity.
Mo Isap, CEO of IN4 Group, said: “Having been born and raised in Blackburn, it is fantastic to see these great prospects for Lancashire and Greater Manchester, and we now have a significant opportunity to inspire future generations in technology careers with the CyberFirst program. .
“This will have a huge impact on young people across the region, who currently live in places like Salford, Accrington and Blackpool. The union of education, skills, technology and industry is the key factor in creating prosperity in the region.
“With the UK government’s over £ 5 billion investment in its new National Cyber Force in Samlesbury, Lancashire, the region is leading the way to establish further innovation and expertise as part of the emerging North West Cyber Corridor “.
Chris Ensor, NCSC’s Deputy Director of Cyber Growth, said, “The NCSC is committed to providing young people with the opportunity to excel in cybersecurity and our work with the industry plays a vital role in that.
“We are delighted that HOST will lead our CyberFirst Schools initiative in the Northwest on our behalf and welcome their support in developing the region’s cyber skills ecosystem.”
The CyberFirst program offers a number of free opportunities designed to equip young people with the skills, opportunities and exposure they need to thrive in cybersecurity.
More information on CyberFirst opportunities in the North West can be found at HOST website.
HOST pilots NCSC’s CyberFirst Schools in the Northwest
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