Places on offer at summer school

5th June 2014'Feature on GCHQ Scarborough.'Pictured staff at work at the base'Picture by Gerard Binks.'GB100167e

5th June 2014'Feature on GCHQ Scarborough.'Pictured staff at work at the base'Picture by Gerard Binks.'GB100167e

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GCHQ in Scarborough is inviting students to apply for a place at its Cyber Summer School.

Now in its second year, the summer school’s programme offers successful applicants a chance to develop their own cyber skills, learn how GCHQ protects the UK against cyber threats and meet other people with similar interests.

A student from last year said: “It was an exceptional experience, giving us a chance to enter the industry and earn experience unique to this place.

“The accommodation, pay and courses were excellent and really serve to attract students to this opportunity.”

To deal with demand for places, the summer schools will now be based at four sites across the UK rather than just two.

The Cheltenham-based school, Cyber Insiders, which runs from 4 July to 9 September, gives first or second year university students studying computer science, maths and physics (or related subjects) the chance to learn from some of the world’s best cybersecurity experts.

Cyber Exposure, which runs from 11 July to 19 August at sites in Scarborough, the Manchester area and the Thames Valley, is for those with a natural curiosity for technology and problem-solving.

It will be open to students studying any subject who have five GCSEs, including Maths and English, and are also on track to achieve two A-Levels at C grade or higher (or equivalent).

Work at both summer schools will cover a wide range of technologies. Students will learn about GCHQ’s role in defending the UK against cyber threats whilst being paid £250 a week. At the end of the placements students may be offered the opportunity to apply for future summer schemes or permanent roles at GCHQ.

To apply, visit the GCHQ careers website at www.gchq-careers.co.uk. Applications open from 18 January.

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is one of the three UK Intelligence and Security Agencies, along with MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). GCHQ works to protect the UK and its citizens from a range of threats to national security, including from terrorism, organised crime and cyber-attacks.