North West Cyber Corridor
The CyberFirst Schools & Colleges initiative recognises schools and colleges across the UK that are committed to encouraging young people to develop cyber skills, with the NCSC awarding them with a gold, silver or bronze status.
A major objective of the initiative in the North West is to encourage girls to take an interest in technology during their school years. It aims to engage over 500 schools from across the region in the next two years.
Pioneering fair access
This is part of a bigger ambition to ensure that local young people have the desired skills needed for more than 2000 job opportunities in cyber security, technology and intelligence in the coming years – thanks to the National Cyber Force’s move to Lancashire and £5 billion investment into the region being a significant step in creating the North West Cyber Corridor.
The pioneering CyberFirst North West programme has resulted in £1.57m of social impact in less than 12 months, establishing 13 local schools and colleges from Lancashire and Greater Manchester as among the best in the UK for cyber and STEM education.