Gloucestershire College goes online to launches cyber security degree apprenticeship

Gloucestershire College

Gloucestershire College is inviting local businesses and potential apprentices to discover their new Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship, during an online event tomorrow, Wednesday 1 April 2020 at 3.00pm.

In partnership with UWE Bristol and delivered in Gloucestershire College’s new, world-class £3 million cyber facility, this degree apprenticeship is open to businesses from all sectors and suitable for training existing members of staff as well as new recruits.

The online launch event will provide more information about the new degree apprenticeship, the funding available, and the benefits that cyber apprentices can bring to a business.

There will also be an update from Cheltenham Borough Council on the much anticipated Cyber Central, and an insight into working in Cyber Security from Bamboo Technology.

Sign up for the online event via Eventbrite here and you will be sent a link to join the online event.

Building on the experience gained with the College’s current digital apprenticeship programs, the new degree apprenticeship takes the best of college and University training along with skills development in the workplace.

The course will be suitable for cyber security technical professionals operating in business or technology/engineering functions across a range of sectors including critical national infrastructure (such as energy, transport, water, finance). It will deliver in-depth technical training across four years in core areas including Malware, Threats and Defensive Programming, Risk Assessment and Computer Architecture.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to practice ethical hacking and develop their skills at preventing cyber-attack in the College’s innovative training rooms which are equipped with state of the art cyber equipment.

Completing apprentices will not only have an honours degree, but four years of experience, making them highly valuable employees for your business.

Matt Burgess, Principal of Gloucestershire College, said: “This is a transformational time for Cheltenham as it cements itself as the cyber capital for the nation; the cyber business park is a much anticipated development for the county. 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.”

Professor Steve West, VC at UWE added: “We are delighted to extend our degree offering for local Gloucestershire students at Gloucestershire College’s Cheltenham Campus. This is particularly significant at a time when strategically, Cheltenham is establishing itself as the cyber capital of the UK.”

CyNam, the Cheltenham-based cyber networking group, is supporting the degree programme:

Chris Dunning-Walton, Chairman and Director of CyNam, said: “Since 2015 we have been providing opportunities for the best cyber security minds to meet with local SMEs and start-ups. The need for skilled people to enter the industry and join these businesses is becoming more and more apparent. We are extremely pleased to see that the College is putting so much investment into this and other computing programmes. We encourage local businesses who are short of skills in this area to get in touch with the College and speak to them about funding available to help train new and existing staff”

For more information about the cyber degree apprenticeship, visit: