To help introduce cyber security as a profession to more young people, last November the UK Government launched its landmark "Cyber Discovery" training programme, aimed at 14 –18 year olds. Last year, nearly 24,000 students had a go at the initial assessment, Cyber Assess. From there, thousands of students progressed through the subsequent stages,CyberStart Game and CyberStart Essentials,before the top 170 students participated in a face-to-face CyberStart Elite-camp.
As well as encouraging students to take part in this first stage of the programme, we are also looking for schools, parents and other volunteers to set up and host extracurricular Cyber Discovery clubs. These volunteers can become club leaders and provide students with guidance, motivation and support throughout the programme. No prior knowledge of cyber security is required, as most of the programme is delivered online through a gamified learning platform that is designed to encourage students to progress independently. Whether you are a careers advisor, head of year or languages teacher, the only requirement is the ability to encourage students to succeed.
Club leaders had a monumental impact on the first year of the programme. 71% of students, who answered our survey, reported hearing about Cyber Discovery from their school teacher. Without their support, we would not have found the phenomenal talent that emerged from last year!
"This programme has taught pupils a wide range of skills and brought to life just how cyber-security measures can be implemented. It helped us answer the "but HOW do they do it?" question". Nazleen Rao, Club Leader participating in Cyber Discovery.
You can read more about Nazleen's experience as a club leader here.
Our ultimate goal is to encourage young people to pursue an interest and, potentially, a career in cyber security. If you can help us achieve this goal in any way, we would love for you to join our community and help create a real step-change in cyber-security education in the UK. Although it may not be for everyone, through opening the programme to students, whatever their subject choices, we have guided young adults on to a career path they are excited about – and which they never knew existed!
By pre-registering your details here, you will be notified when registration and CyberStart Assess opens. Once you have completed registration, you will be able to invite as many students as you would like to participate in this first stage. To find out more information on the programme, please visit http://www.joincyberdiscovery.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org