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Feb 2017

L3 TRL joins government initiative to develop UK’s future cyber security workforce

TRL is supporting the launch of the government’s CyberFirst programme designed to boost the cyber skills capabilities of the UK’s future and current workforce.

CyberFirst offers up to 250 recruits bursaries of £4,000, paid work placements and employment on graduation in a drive to address the skills gap in cyber security.

Through the scheme, TRL will enrol industrial placement degree students and graduates onto its in-house talent management programme.

Kelly Anderson, HR Director at TRL said: “This is a great initiative aimed at tackling the gap in cyber security skills within the UK workforce head-on. We are proud to be working with the National Cyber Security Centre and our partners within industry to nurture and develop the country’s future cyber skills capability.

“Careers in cyber security are extremely rewarding as you can make a real difference to securing the nation’s safety and security from cyber threats. Through CyberFirst, employers such as TRL are able to offer real-world experience and opportunities to people coming through the scheme and offer a first step into a fulfilling career.”

As well as TRL, more than 20 companies have pledged their support for the initiative led by the National Cyber Security Centre.

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for NCSC skills and growth said: “This is the first time government and industry have come together to make a concerted attempt to inspire and support a whole generation of young people to take up a role in cyber security. 

“Cyber security is a fascinating career choice which is fundamental to our modern digital society and we are delighted our industry colleagues are supporting CyberFirst.”

TRL is also a member of the government’s CyberInvest programme through which the company sponsors a number of PhD students and provides independent review of academic courses and qualifications to ensure they meet the requirements of industry.

Find out more about CyberFirst at and TRL's options for apprentices, industrial placements and graduates on our careers page.