Earn over £22k a year, study for your degree, and work in a real government tech role
Cyber security. It might sound mysterious, or only relevant for coders. But it’s actually one of the most vital industries in modern life. Step in, and you’ll find a diverse network of people with all kinds of skills – analysts, entrepreneurs, coders, linguists, project managers and more – who come together and protect our digital world.
With the three-year CyberFirst degree apprenticeship, you could be one of these people. We’re training a new generation of cyber security specialists, and if you’ve got an aptitude and passion for tech you might just be perfect for our programme.
Who runs CyberFirst?
CyberFirst is led by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is a part of GCHQ, and introduces young people across the UK to the world of cyber security. Now in its sixth year, the programme has expanded to provide student courses, competitions and career opportunities for people from all backgrounds, allowing them to develop the skills needed for one of today’s most-sought-after specialisms.
What’s on offer?
CyberFirst is looking for apprentices from all backgrounds to join us in September 2022 for this three-year programme. Working within the UK government’s intelligence and national security community, you’ll learn first-hand how to protect the tech you love, with a balance of both practical work and academic study. You’ll get:
- A starting salary of over £22k, working in a real government role at GCHQ or the NCSC
- Paid tuition fees to study for a BSc (Hons) in Cyber Security from a respected UK university
- A diverse community of support, working among professionals from a wide range of backgrounds and skillsets
Who can be a CyberFirst degree apprentice?
First things first – you don’t need to be a programmer, as there are so many more skills involved in cyber security. Plus, if you do need coding skills, we’ll train you on the job. Here’s what you need to have:
- British citizenship or if you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered
- At least BBC (or predicted) in your A Levels (or equivalent to 112 UCAS points) in any subject
- A passion for all things computing
- Dedication, team spirit, and the drive to protect our digital world
- Been a resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years before applying (but we do assess each case individually)
Ready to open up the world of cyber security?
Whatever your background, whatever subjects you’ve studied – as long as you meet the criteria above and bring lots of potential and curiosity about tech, we want to hear from you. Come and join CyberFirst.