College awarded gold for cyber security education
By Sarah Wood
Gloucestershire College has received a gold award from the Cheltenham-based National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) for delivering the highest standard of cyber security education.
The award from CyberFirst Schools, an initiative by NCSC, marks the hard work and achievements of the computing and IT team which works across Gloucestershire College's three campuses.
Debbie Woodward, head of school for IT and computing, said: "We recognise that there is a huge demand for cyber and IT professionals across Gloucestershire and nationally. As a college, we are fully committed to using our expertise and resources to train the right people with the skills that employers need, and to match those employers with talented individuals who are ready and willing to make their mark in this industry.
"Our status as an Institute of Technology, together with other leading providers of education in the South West, means that we have outstanding IT and cyber training facilities - one of the best in the country. We are committed to supporting all schools and young people to enter the worlds of computing, cyber security and digital skills."
Throughout the year, the college invites industry experts to a number of IT and cyber industries days to discuss careers and opportunities with students. This has included companies such as BAE, Lockheed Martin, NorthGreen Security, South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit and CyberFirst.
Gloucestershire College offers a number of cyber security courses for learners at all levels, including an NCSC accredited cyber degree apprenticeship. The courses are taught across all three campuses, including in the college's new state-of-the-art Advanced Digital Academy (ADA) in Cheltenham, which opened in 2021 as part of the college's partnership in the West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT).
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