West Lothian College is offering a new six-week cyber security course to help people gain the skills they need to start a career in the tech industry.

Anyone taking the Cyber Security National Progression Award will gain a solid foundation in cyber security and learn how to protect individuals and businesses from becoming victims of cyber crime. Topics covered in the course include data science, data security, digital forensics and ethical hacking.

West Lothian College secured funding through the Digital Start Fund to support this training which is free to those taking part. The Digital Start Fund was set up by Skills Development Scotland to help people to retrain and gain skills in data analysis, software development and cyber security.

The course at West Lothian College is specifically geared towards people over the age of 25 who have left college or university in the last twelve months.

The college will work with industry bodies ScotlandIS and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre to deliver the course.

ScotlandIS will provide industry speakers and arrange interviews for digital jobs for everyone who successfully completes the course.

The Scottish Business Resilience Centre will provide insight into ethical hacking and other careers with the police and Scottish Government.

Principal of West Lothian College, Jackie Galbraith said:

“Digital technologies have been critical in helping people to stay in touch with each other, work and learn through the pandemic. The world’s increasing reliance on technology has created thousands of new jobs to ensure the digital world is a safe space to connect with and conduct business. This short cyber security course will help participants enhance their skills to be able to access these jobs.”

More information is available at https://www.digitalworld.net/study/digital-start-fund.