This week, the Cygenta team attended the launch of Cyber Central at Hub8 in Cheltenham. Many of you won’t know me, I’m Madeline, Cygenta’s new Socio-Technical Engagement Manager. As part of Cygenta's commitment to outreach, I’m able to dedicate 1 day a week to support the National Cyber Security Centre's Cyber Schools Hub (CSH) initiative as their Industry Engagement Coordinator.

At the launch, I spoke about the importance of engaging young people with industries to retain local talent and inspire the next generation of cyber professionals.

As Cheltenham and Gloucestershire plans to become a cyber centre of excellence for the UK, it is becoming increasingly important that young people are not only engaged with local industries but also recognise the potential employment opportunities within the region, they’re huge! The CSH is a project that fosters collaboration between local schools, the National Cyber Security Centre, companies and organisations who share a passion for encouraging young people to engage with computer science and cyber security principles.

Industries have been central to the development and sustained enthusiasm of the CSH initiative. Each Industry offers different ideas, perspectives and energy towards the project and is helping to shape its growth and impact. The initiative now has over 40 industries actively engaged, these range from global organisations to micro SMEs, all of which share a passion for developing the future talent of tomorrow. Industry engagement has been central to highlighting the breadth of roles within the industries and how interesting and varied they are, exciting students to select computer science at GCSE and A-level and consider careers with industries in the region.

Cygenta is delighted to have supported the Cyber Schools Hub initiative from its inception and we are all dedicated to helping young people to share the passion and enthusiasm that we have for cybersecurity.