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14/03/2017

Youngsters discover the world of cyber security at free workshop

Tech-savvy teenagers enjoyed a free cyber security workshop, Saturday March 4, at SGS College’s Berkeley GREEN Campus.

Workshop participants were taught about the methods used by cyber security firms to stop hackers from illegally gaining access to private information from companies and individuals.

This workshop acted as an ideal introduction into one of the fastest growing and most profitable industries in the UK, where skilled workers are in hot demand. The government is to spend £1.9bn over the next five years on cyber-defences, recruiting thousands of new staff across the three intelligence agencies and establishing the first National Cyber Centre.

Andy Keenan, Interim Principal at Berkeley GREEN Campus comments: “This course is a fantastic introduction into a rapidly growing industry. The participants had a lot of fun, transforming websites and defending against computer hacks.

“The workshop was also a great opportunity for learners to see whether they would like to study for a career in cyber security. Students don’t have to be ultra computer savvy; employers are looking for great problem solvers, strong communicators, and quick thinkers.”

The Berkeley GREEN Campus will be open to prospective students, friends and family, Saturday 25 March, 10:00am – 12:00pm, for an SGS open event, where visitors can discover the vast array of learning opportunities, speak with course specialists, take part in a range of hands on activities and take a tour of the impressive facilities including the brand new Skills Centre.

To find out more about the Berkeley GREEN Campus, including how to apply, the curriculum on offer and transportation, visit: www.berkeleygreenutc.org.uk.

Did you know: The Gloucestershire Renewable Energy, Engineering and Nuclear skills centre is part financed by the Gloucestershire Growth Deal 2015 to 2021.

GFirst LEP is delivering the Strategic Economic Plan for Gloucestershire through the Gloucestershire Growth Deal; an investment of £77.5 million for the county and part of a £12 billion long-term Government programme to revitalise local economies. For more information visit www.gfirstlep.co.uk.