Thales Group

The National Digital Exploitation Centre, or NDEC, is a digital hub in Ebbw Vale, co-developed by the Welsh Government, the University of South Wales, and technology company Thales. The centre exists as a cornerstone of Thales’ cyber capabilities within the UK, to support the Welsh Government’s programme of digital investment and transformation. It does this by providing support, training and project-space to large organisations, SMEs and individuals, research and development opportunities, and by helping to win work-share within Wales.

The NDEC education & outreach project exists to address the skills requirements associated with this digital growth and transformation. It, therefore, aims to increase the number of individuals, who either:

  1. undertake employment and/or study in the cyber sector, or,
  2. have the cyber security awareness and skills to protect themselves and/or their organisation.

In order to achieve these objectives, its main activities will include:

  1. Outreach for primary, secondary and FE students
  2. Outreach for adults looking to enter employment or retrain
  3. Basic cyber skills training and awareness for individuals & SMEs
  4. Scoping and development of alternative routes into cyber and wider digital industries
  5. Development of links between industry and education

The project designs and delivers its own activities, whilst also working collaboratively with projects of similar objectives. It also helps to facilitate outreach for other relevant businesses and promote existing cyber initiatives across Wales, such as those already delivered by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The Digital Education Centre

As part of the project, a dedicated education centre is being built in Ebbw Vale, Wales. It will be completed by June 2021 on the site of the old Steelworks. This bespoke space will allow students and other individuals to witness the digital capabilities of the NDEC and visualise the digital opportunities open to them within Wales, whilst housing the NDEC’s educational and outreach activities programme.

The Digital Education Centre in Ebbw Vale

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