Free cybersecurity course launched for anyone in NI with interest in cyber

  • A free cybersecurity training programme has been launched for anyone in Northern Ireland (aged 16 or over) to become more familiar with the growing cyber industry. 

    The government-funded programme consists of a variety of online challenges and mini games, called ‘labs’. Each lab focuses on a different area of cybersecurity, and can be completed at home and at one's own pace. 

    The training will aim to help participants discover if they have what it takes to succeed in cyber. No prior experience in technology or cyber jobs is required to get involved, but participants must be aged 16 or over, live in Northern Ireland and have a GCSE or equivalent in Maths and English.

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    Visual or analytical thinkers, and/or those who like solving problems or detecting patterns are encouraged to apply. 

    Once applicants complete training, they will have access to an exclusive jobs board, which will include local employers and jobs available across Northern Ireland's cybersecurity sector.

    Applicants can then decide whether to apply for a job by completing the 'labs' that have been matched to it. 

    You don’t need to complete an interview to apply for the initial cybersecurity course, however you may need an interview for any placement or job opportunities.

    Register for the NI cyber gateway aptitude programme here now

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