Leeds City College holds successful summer school for computing enthusiasts
Leeds City College held a successful week of cyber workshops for students’ interested in pursuing a career in cyber security.
Working with the government run initiative, Cyberfirst Defenders, the weeklong event was created to address the skills gap within the cyber security industry, particularly amongst women.
The students got hands-on experience of cyber security and the opportunity to learn how to protect themselves and their own family network, including information about encryption and how to find and prevent vulnerabilities.
Principal and CEO for Leeds City College, Colin Booth said: “The Cyberfirst Defenders course provided insight on what a job in cyber security involves, the skills required and how to secure data. It also gave some of the young people who attended the opportunity to experience first-hand, what a career in Cyberfirst Security could look like. We were particularly pleased that we recruited young women onto the course.
“There are a lot of very good jobs and opportunities for young people in the Cyber Security industry. Employers in and around Leeds and across the country are looking for new talent,” he added.
Reputable companies that include, Asda, Big Word Company, Enjoy Digital, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University, Parallax, PWC and Sky UK were in attendance and participated in the Careers Fair held on the third day.
Caitlyn Sheasby, one of the students who attended and who also won a prize for her positive attitude throughout the week said, that the course was interesting and was definitely something that needed to be done regularly.
“I would encourage more women to join as there are so many men in the industry,” she said.
“I think a lot of women are sometimes discouraged by the number of men in the industry but they could do really well too,” she added.
With over 8,500 digital technology companies, 70,000 people employed in the sector and the UK’s only independent internet exchange outside of London, Leeds is one of the country’s major technology hubs.
The event was proudly sponsored by telecommunications service provider, aql and IT service management company, BJSS.