Students first to join expanded Cyber Apprenticeship Development Scheme

Students from Dyson Perrins Academy have become the first to join the newly expanded Malvern Cyber Apprenticeship Development Scheme (CADS).

James Burton, 18, and Carli Marriott, 17, will benefit from 75 hours a year of innovative work place learning in the cyber security industry. The scheme, the first of its kind in the UK, has been running for four years but was originally run by local cyber security company 3SDL in partnership with QinetiQ and the Chase High School.

But thanks to funding from Malvern Hills District Council it has now been expanded to all sixth formers across the district.

Those who have previously taken part in the scheme have been involved in running  ‘cyber safe’ awareness programmes in their own schools, briefed government ministers and corporate intelligence officials and helped to build the “Dirty Lab” at the National Cyber Skills Centre at Malvern Hills Science Park.

The cyber security sector is growing rapidly but it is estimated the industry will be two million skilled workers short by 2020.

Rae McClelland, manager of the CADS from 3SDL, said: “Demand for individuals with cyber skills is high, meaning many companies find it difficult to recruit and retain their staff. CADS is about developing cyber skills in young people in line with the government skills agenda, nurturing the local talent pipeline as well as giving something back to our community ”

Claire Watson, Head of Sixth Form at Dyson Perrins said: “This is one of the best employer led opportunities that has been offered to our young people, and the range of activities they are allowed to be involved with is fantastic. I have been very impressed with the project and all staff involved and am extremely proud of our students who gained a place on this year’s scheme.”

Cllr Phil Grove, Leader and economic development portfolio holder on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “CADS is a nationally recognised exemplar model of business and school partnership, and we’re delighted to be able to help 3SDL to extend the scheme so that all our young people can develop their employability skills and tap into the exciting cyber and IT careers available right on their doorstep.”