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Welsh college opens cybersecurity hub

Cyber College Cymru

Ebbw Vale-based college Coleg Gwent has opened its Cyber Hub, part of the ongoing Cyber College Cymru programme, with the ambition to help students towards a career in cyber security.

The Cyber College Cymru programme has partnered with the likes of Fujitsu, Admiral, Thales and Welsh Water. Fujitsu this week also announced it is investing £22m into the UK’s technology and science sectors.

“It’s the role of education to give our young people the teaching and learning experiences that they need to equip them for that world of work and support the economy and needs of local employers,” said Dan Coles, director of external engagement, Coleg Gwent.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to have this high-value initiative here in Ebbw Vale to help ensure this future talent pipeline for Wales.”

Both Fujitsu and Admiral who are based in Wales contributed financially to the hub and the technology inside. One of the features of the space is work off-network, useful for cybersecurity activities.

Originally the hub was planned to be ready at the end of 2021 but the launch was delayed due to COVID.

Nick Smith, MP said: “You don’t have to have a degree and can get in at the ground floor and fly. I’m delighted that young people here have this fantastic new facility on our doorsteps, and it provides them with a path into well-paid, skilled jobs.”

This follows the UK’s minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Chris Philp’s comments on Monday stressing the need to expand the state of STEM education in the country.

In a report, it was found that UK ransomware attacks doubled in 2021.