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CyberFirst Schools initiative extended to Northern Ireland

Applications have now opened for schools in Northern Ireland and the North East England to gain recognition for excellence in cyber security education through the CyberFirst Schools initiative.

The initiative, run by the National Cyber Security Centre, recognises excellence in cyber security education. The CyberFirst Schools programme certifies and promotes schools and colleges that share the NCSC’s commitment to addressing the cyber skills gap and inspiring young people from all backgrounds to pursue a career in the field.

It now offers schools and colleges in Northern Ireland as well as those in Northumberland, County Durham, and Tyne and Wear the chance to receive gold, silver or bronze status.

The move follows an initial roll-out in Gloucestershire and Wales where the first 13 successful CyberFirst Schools were announced last week – with five of them securing gold.

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, said: “We’re excited to open up the CyberFirst Schools initiative to more schools across the UK and look forward to shining a spotlight on the excellent teaching and opportunities being offered in Northern Ireland and the North East of England. It’s vital that the next generation of cyber experts is diverse and talented, and CyberFirst Schools demonstrates our commitment to developing young people’s cyber skills.”

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