The college’s partnership with Cheltenham’s influential cyber group will give more students the opportunity to enter this fast-growing industry and will help more local employers access the College’s specialised cyber and IT courses and apprenticeship training.
Andy Bates, Vice Principal at Gloucestershire College highlighted the established position it offers for cyber recruitment and training opportunities.
“We know there is a huge demand for cyber and IT professionals across Gloucestershire. As a College we are fully committed to using our expertise and resources to train the right people with the skills that local employers need, and to match those employers with talented individuals who are ready and willing to make their mark in this industry.
“We offer a broad range of IT and cyber courses at different levels to suit school leavers, apprentices or more experienced in-house managers looking to develop cyber skills within their own organisations. Our recently appointed status as an Institute of Technology, together with other leading providers of education in the South West, has secured the College £3 million to invest in outstanding IT and Cyber training facilities, which will make them some of the best in the country.”
CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham) began as a meetup networking group in 2015, for members of the region’s cyber security community. Now more than 900 members strong, CyNam provides a Cheltenham-centric platform that connects the best cyber technology minds and local SMEs and start-ups to support from people, expertise, guidance, funding, and new business. It is driven by an aim to support the development of Cheltenham’s cyber technology industry, and its wider ecosystem.
Madeline Howard, Director at CyNam, said: “We are huge believers in showcasing the opportunities available to young people within the cyber and technology industry. Our partnership with Gloucestershire College will enable more young people to engage directly with the industry whilst continuing their education.
The new partnership sees Gloucestershire College sponsor CyNam’s first ever fully virtualised event The Changing Scene of Cyber on Thursday 18 June, 3-5.30pm with speakers from leading cyber organisations including NCSC (part of GCHQ), Capita, LORCA, Trust Stamp and Bitweave.