Gloucestershire College has launched a new Cyber Degree Apprenticeship in association with the University of the West of England in Bristol.
The minister for apprenticeships and skills, Gillian Keegan, officially launched the apprenticeship at Gloucestershire College on Friday 11 September 2020, in her first college visit since lockdown began in March 2020.
Gloucestershire College principal, Matthew Burgess, said: ‘Our partnership with UWE Bristol to deliver cyber degree apprenticeships will ensure that we can support organisations by providing a strong talent pipeline of highly skilled individuals as we train the next cyber generation; boosting the local economy and raising Gloucestershire’s cyber profile.’
Gillian Keegan said: ‘Meeting GC cyber degree apprentices like Taylor and Ben is so important to show the nation how essential it is for employers to continue to offer apprentice training programmes.
‘Despite the economic implications of COVID, it is crucial we support these vital training opportunities to both future proof and secure our economy and continue to develop these highly talented individuals.’
After a £3 million investment from the West of England Institute of Technology programme, Gloucestershire College has created state-of-the-art cyber training facilities at both its Gloucester and Cheltenham campuses, including cyber design and attack rooms, engineering labs and dedicated study pods.
The new four-year course aims to support the growing cyber industry in Gloucestershire, covering subjects including malware, defensive programming and risk assessment, as well as developing skills in ethical hacking and preventing cyber attacks.
Apprentices who complete the course will receive an honours degree, in addition to gaining four years of practical experience.
For more information, call Gloucestershire College (01452) 563400.
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