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Partnership between cyber business group and college will benefit county's economy

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 10 June 2020 8:01

Partnership between cyber business group and college will benefit county's economy

Its influence growing and its name all over anything to do with cyber in Gloucestershire, now CyNam has won the backing on its biggest college. 

Gloucestershire College said it has agreed to become the academic sponsor of the volunteer-led influential business orientated group to underline its commitment to developing the next generation of cyber and IT talent. 

According to the college the “strategic partnership will give more students the opportunity to enter this cutting-edgeindustry” and provideemployers the ability to access the college’s specialised cyber and IT courses and apprenticeship training. 

It describes the students as “an outstanding talent pool of readily available cyber and IT candidates”. 

Andy Bates, vice principal at Gloucestershire College highlighted the established position it offers for cyber recruitment and training opportunities. 

“We know there is a huge demand for cyber and IT professionals across Gloucestershire. As a College we are fully committed to using our expertise and resources to train the right people with the skills that local employers need, and to match those employers with talented individuals who are ready and willing to make their mark in this industry.  

“We offer a broad range of IT and cyber courses at different levels to suit school leavers, apprentices or more experienced in-house managers looking to develop cyber skills within their own organisations. 

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“Furthermore, our recently appointed status as an Institute of Technology, together with other leading providers of education in the South West, has secured the College £3 million to invest in outstanding IT and Cyber training facilities, which will make them some of the best in the country.”  

He added: “We recognise CyNam as a significantly important and influential cyber presence within our region, and our academic sponsorship reflects our strategic support of CyNam’s values and aims to place Cheltenham and Gloucestershire at the heart of the cyber industry in the UK and beyond. ” 

CyNam (Cyber Cheltenham) began as a meetup networking group in 2015, for members of the region’s cyber security community.

It is now more than 900 members strong and is describedas “providinga valuable, Cheltenham-centric platform that connects the best cyber technology minds and local SMEs and start-ups to support from people, expertise,guidance, funding, and new business”.

Madeline Howard, director at CyNam, said: “Our partnership with Gloucestershire College will enable more young people to engage directly with the industry whilst continuing their education.  

“Gloucestershire College has recently launched their Cyber Security Degree Level Apprenticeship in partnership with University of the West of England (UWE), which we are huge supporters of.”  

To find out about a major free event laying bare some of the mysteries of CyNam - CyNam 20.2 - The changing scene of cyber – visit our events page. 

For more information on contact GC’s Business Hub team via: business.hub@gloscol.ac.uk, visit the Gloucestershire College website; or apply for an IT or cyber course.

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