GCHQ, the UK institution that works to crack codes and help secure the country against the threats of cyber attacks, is offering lucrative training opportunities for young people in the country. The institution has put out applications for trainees which are expected to run until early March.
And in what sounds interesting, the organisation is offering a mouth-watering package to all the individuals who will be selected for the six-week programme. For example, it offers to pay them up to £250 per week. In addition to this, all successful candidates shall be given free accommodation in one of the most luxurious resorts in the United Kingdom.
There are several reasons that have made the institution to make such an offer. The Register reports that GCHQ is facing an acute shortage of supply of good talent. It is reported that the age-old institution has been forced to compete with the private sector for talent. To make matters worse, computer experts are sought after all over the world.
This means that private companies are willing to pay individuals with the right skill sets any amount of money that the individuals want. This situation, which makes things difficult for GCHQ, explains why the institution has decided to spend the £3.2 billion gift that is was given.
The training programme has been designed to run for six weeks. There shall be two programmes running concurrently. The first one is called the Cyber Exposure. This one is designed to cater for the needs of A-Level students. Those High School students who have good scores in Maths and English are encouraged to apply. Successful individuals will be hosted from July to late August in one of the facilities of the institution within Manchester area.
The second programme has been dubbed Cyber Insider. This has been designed to offer university students an in-depth training on the issue of cyber security. Those students who are currently doing their second or third year of studies at the university are strongly encouraged to apply.
According to GCHQ, of particular interest are those students who are studying for a first degree in Maths, Physics or Engineering. The programme, which shall be run in Cheltenham, will involve talks from leading cyber security practitioners. Upon completion of the programme, which is scheduled to run from July to September, trainees shall be offered a chance to work with GCHQ later.