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UK government investing in future cyber-security pros

The UK government is looking to address the alarming cyber-security skills shortage in the country, through a new bursary scheme.

It has partnered with the country’s intelligence agency, the GCHQ, to create the CyberFirst bursary scheme, aimed at helping students prepare for a career in cyber-security.

According to the Recruitment Services page, where the scheme was unveiled, the bursary scheme could include an annual bursary of £4,000 for each year of study in a STEM or Social Science degree, paid summer work with GCHQ, or other government agencies involved in cyber-security, for each year of study.

The paid work will include a “mix of training, learning and development, and work experience – all designed to give you the best possible start for your cyber career.”

There is also the possibility of three years of work in a cyber-security role, following graduation, as well as membership of the CyberFirst student community. The community will offer students a chance to get peer mentoring and advice from many experts in the field.

Students interested in the scheme need to be a UK national, with three A-levels (or equivalent at grades A to C), including two in STM subjects. An offer to study an undergraduate degree in STEM, or Social Science subject at a UK university starting autumn 2016 is also a necessity.

The scheme is not yet open for applications, but will be soon – summer 2016. Students can sign up now to get a notification as soon as the campaign opens.

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Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.