The government is urging more schools to enrol their students in a government scheme designed to boost cyber skills, claiming that tens of thousands have already signed up since its launch in February last year.
Around 2000 schools across the UK are participating in Cyber Explorers – a free learning platform for 11–14-year-olds designed to introduce them to key cybersecurity concepts.
Participating students are able to explore these concepts through interactive quizzes and other gamified activities, collecting virtual badges and learning from the “Cyber Ranger” and other experts in the “Cyber Squad,” the government explained.
Cyber minister viscount Camrose said the government wanted more students to get exposure to the course, as it tries to build a pipeline of talent to alleviate chronic skills shortages.
“The UK’s growing cyber sector is where the technological innovations and digital discoveries of the future will start,” he added. “That’s why we’re focused on breaking down the barriers to entry, and creating new opportunities for young people to gain the skills and knowledge that could kick-start exciting careers in cyber.”
Half (50%) of UK businesses have a basic cybersecurity skills gap and a third (3%) have an advanced skills gap, virtually unchanged from last year, according to the latest government report.