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Minister launches Gloucestershire College cyber apprenticeship

Apprenticeship and Skills Minister Gillian Keegan has launched Gloucestershire College's cyber security degree apprenticeship.

She visited the college ahead of hosting a session at the Gloucestershire Jobs, Skills and Apprenticeship Lift Off at Kingsholm, meeting apprentices and lecturers.

The minister, a former degree apprentice, said, "The academic and work-based skills these apprentices will learn will offer a lifetime of opportunity - making them highly sought after and valuable employees.

"I'm also delighted to be able to experience first hand the brand new cyber teaching rooms funded by the Government's West of England Institute of Technology."

The cyber security degree apprenticeship is accredited by UWE Bristol and is dedicated to supporting the region's cyber ambitions.

The course delivers in-depth technical training across four years in core areas including malware, threats and defensive programming, risk assessment and computer architecture.

Apprentices will learn ethical hacking and develop their skills at preventing cyber-attacks.

The minister said: "Gloucestershire knows that apprenticeships are an excellent way for anyone to launch a rewarding career in a wide range of exciting industries, from engineering to digital, to health and social care.

"We have to keep spreading the word so employers do commit to providing skills for employees and young people know where those opportunities lie."

The college received more than £3million investment through the Institute of Technology programme which aims to provide and broaden the opportunity for university-level education in the cyber and engineering sectors to a wider and more diverse student population.

The funding has created state-of-the-art cyber rooms at the Gloucester campus and a dedicated cyber training facility in Cheltenham, featuring cyber design and attack rooms, bespoke cyber and engineering labs and dedicated study pods.

Gloucestershire College principal Matthew Burgess said: "We welcome the Apprenticeship Minister during a transformational time for Gloucestershire as it cements itself as the cyber capital for the nation.

"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."

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