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13/02/2017

Do you know how to protect yourself from ransomware or how to prevent a DOS attack?

Cyber security is now recognised as a vital part of individual, industrial and national security, and getting people with the up to date skills required is becoming more of a challenge in this fast paced and exciting industry.

Babcock MSS and AllCooper have become the latest employers to support the new SGS Berkeley Green University Technical College (UTC) with an exciting internship programme. The UTC which opens this September at the Gloucestershire Science and Technology Park offers specialisms in Cyber Security as well as – Digital Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering.

“Working with SGS Berkeley Green UTC provides a very exciting opportunity for Babcock MSS to be part of shaping the next generation of cyber security experts. As the sophistication and impact of cyber threats is increasing on a daily basis it is essential to our industry that we are always looking to the future and developing local talent.

We are dedicated to supporting the UTC and are looking forward to welcoming the first round of student interns to our Advanced Security Operation Centre (ASOC) in September” – Tom Blane, Director of ASOC Operations, Babcock MSS.

As with all UTC’s SGS Berkeley Green’s UTC’s curriculum has been developed in partnership with employees, who have taken an active role in the development of the courses. Learners can join in either year 10 or year 12 to reflect the 14 to 19 age of learners studying at UTCs. The UTC will deliver GCSE’s and A Levels (taught by experienced subject specific staff), as well as technical and professional qualifications. These courses will give progression routes into University, apprenticeships (advanced and higher) as well as opportunities to go straight into industry.

“As a business focused on security and safety, we understand the growing importance of protecting information, as well as people, property and assets. We’re delighted to support Berkeley Green with this initiative, and to see them taking the lead on training the next generation on how to fight cybercrime.” - Roman Cooper, Executive Director, Allcooper

These courses enable learners to become more attractive to employers, offering practical, relevant skills as well as having the same excellent education and qualifications as they would achieve within a secondary school or sixth form.

Internships will provide successful applications who have already secured a place at the UTC with:

* A minimum of 4 weeks’ work placement each year;

* Access and contact with an engineer or technologist from the supporting employer to provide a minimum of 5 days of mentoring each year;

* Contribution to the students’ educational supplies and work wear

* And a guaranteed interview with a chance to meet and present to managers within the company as the student completes his/her course

If you are an employer in the Engineering or Digital Technology sectors and would like to get involved, please contact the Andrew Keenan, UTC Interim Principal, at Andrew.Keenan@sgscol.ac.uk

To find out more or apply for our courses and internships see our website at www.berekeygreenutc.org.uk or come along to our next open day on the 9th March at Berkeley campus. We will be having Cyber specific activity taster days, keep an eye on our website for details.

If you want to engage with free STEM events then come to the upcoming Festomane exhibition (see www.festomane.co.uk for details). As well as career and training advice there will be loads of interactive activities to get hands on with.