Keeping pupils at the cutting edge for cyber careers

I tried to interest my children in CyberFirst but, apparently, “messing about with computers” is something that Dad does and “swearing at computers” is something that Mum does and neither appeals to my offspring…:

[…] The NCSC is putting this into practice with its CyberFirst programme, through which more than 40,000 young people in the UK have taken up free opportunities to learn more about the industry and explore their passion for tech.

Initiatives include a bursary scheme to financially support undergraduates and degree apprentices on cyber-related courses, free educational courses for 11- to 17-year-olds to help students develop practical skills such as coding and cryptography, and contests where they can put these skills to the test.

Yet experts can’t be exactly sure which tools and technologies they will be working with in the next five years. A common concern, for example, is around the automation of coding, and whether programming will remain as important a skill as it is today. So adaptability needs to be a key consideration.

Dr Sarah Jones, deputy dean at De Montfort University, says that it’s vital for teachers to recognise that the “one job for life” model no longer exists. Young people will likely switch between several jobs and in different fields to keep up with the changing pace of technology.


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