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Spring 2021

The National Cyber Security Centre certifies local degree apprenticeship

In more great news for the county’s outstanding educational institutions, Gloucestershire College has announced that they will be the first college in England to offer a degree apprenticeship certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The Cyber Security Technical Professional Integrated Degree is delivered in partnership with the University of West England (UWE Bristol) and was provisionally certified in the latest round of the NCSC’s certified degree programme.

Since the course’s inception in 2020 by Gillian Keegan MP, the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, the list of local organisations that have taken advantage of the apprenticeship includes Bamboo Technology Group, CDS Defence and Security, Cyber Security Associates, Infrastar, South Gloucestershire Council and Babcock International.

The NCSC certified degree programme aims to help students make more informed choices about the wide range of courses on offer and to help set a high standard of cyber security teaching across the UK. Edinburgh Napier University has also received certification for their Integrated Degree Apprenticeship in cyber security.

The apprenticeship will be taught by experienced industry professionals at the College’s new £3m cyber, IT and engineering facilities at their Cheltenham Campus. Apprentices will gain a UWE Bristol BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional degree and experience in operating autonomously, leading teams to manage cyber security risks and secure solutions end-to-end; and detecting and responding to incidents.

Andy Bates, Chief Financial Officer at Gloucestershire College, said: “We’re delighted to be the first college in the country to be delivering an apprenticeship certified by the NCSC. With Cheltenham on track to become the cyber tech capital of the UK, thanks to the Golden Valley Development and links to GCHQ – not forgetting our cutting-edge new training facility nearby – there couldn’t be a better place to train and launch a career in the sector.

“Further strengthening our links with UWE Bristol, this certification validates the quality of content and standards for our apprenticeship, ensuring our apprentices leave with the essential industry-skills, expertise and confidence needed to succeed – right on their doorstep.”

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, said: “I am delighted that the University of the West of England’s Cyber Security Technical Professional Integrated Degree , delivered in partnership with Gloucestershire College, is now certified by the NCSC, giving prospective students yet another route into a cyber security career.

“I believe this recognition will help prospective students make more informed choices about the courses that are on offer and give employers the confidence that their apprentices will be given the foundations on which to build valued industry skills.”

Ian Johnson, Associate Head of Department Information Science and Co-Director of UWEcyber, said: “As an NCSC recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education we are very proud of both this recognition for our integrated degree apprenticeship and our partnership with Gloucester College, enhancing our reputation as a beacon of excellence in cyber security education across the region.”

Earlier in the year, Gloucestershire College’s Cyber Security Degree Apprenticeship was awarded Tech Industry Gold status, helping to create a hotbed of opportunity for years to come. The organisation recently announced that it would be teaming up with local co-working space Hub8 to launch a new £1m innovation centre in Cheltenham. Meanwhile, NCSC has revealed their successor to the successful Cyber Accelerator programme with their NCSC for Startups initiative.

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