Civil service boosts cyber security skills with changes to apprenticeship and fast track schemes

Civil service Fast Track apprentice scheme and Fast Stream will include cyber security strands as part of government drive to boost cyber skills 

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By Sarah.Aston

11 Mar 2015

The government has announced plans to boost cyber security skills in the civil service as part of its drive to improve digital skills.

This week, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced that the civil service will offer 50 new fast track apprenticeships for cyber security.

Maude also said that as part of the government’s commitment to digital services, the Cabinet Office has introduced cyber security as a skills discipline in the civil service’s three-year Digital & Technology Fast Stream.

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As part of the scheme, participants will learn about cyber security as part of a broad curriculum for the first two years, with the opportunity to specialise during their third year.

Maude announced plans as part of a wider initiative to encourage young people to pursue a career in cyber security.

He said: “The UK has a vibrant cyber security sector which we want to help grow. As part of this government’s long term economic plan we want the UK to be one of the safest places to do business online.

“We need a supply of cyber security experts for the future so we are taking a series of further steps to attract the most gifted young people to this fast-moving area of technology.”

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