Thales Group

The NDEC education & outreach project exists to address the cyber skills requirements associated with digital growth and transformation across South East Wales, with a focus on Blaenau Gwent.

NDEC Strategy

As outlined in its strategy, it aims to increase the number of individuals, who either:

  • Undertake employment and/or study in the cyber sector, or,
  • 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:

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

 

The project designs and delivers its own activities, whilst working collaboratively with other projects with similar objectives. It also helps to facilitate outreach for other relevant businesses and to 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 is due for completion by April 2021 on the site of the old steelworks. This bespoke space will allow students, businesses and the community to observe the digital capabilities of the NDEC, learn about the digital and cyber opportunities open to them within Wales, and learn about cyber security.

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