W523 Cyber Insights Summer School Ref: 3139

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Fixed Term Contract
3 Months
Full Time
Students will receive a weekly attendance payment of £300 per week. Your accommodation will be funded by GCHQ.

About Us

GCHQ is an intelligence, cyber and security agency with a mission to keep the UK safe. We use cutting-edge technology, ingenuity and partnerships to identify, analyse and disrupt threats. Working with our intelligence partners MI5 and MI6, we protect the UK from terrorism, cyber-attacks and espionage. At GCHQ you’ll do varied and fascinating work in a supportive and inclusive environment that puts the emphasis on teamwork.

The Role                

GCHQ is providing you with an opportunity to enhance your cyber skills by attending our Cyber Insights Summer School. You’ll have an opportunity to see how your passion for technology could help protect the UK by gaining exposure into how GCHQ uses cutting edge technologies.

During the Summer School, you’ll develop a wide range of skills relating to cyber security – both offensive and defensive. You’ll learn through structured teaching with extensive hands-on practical and experimentation, growing and developing your knowledge in Network Fundamentals, Malware Analysis, Pen Testing, Ethical Hacking and Forensics. And you’ll benefit from a unique and exciting opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding and an insight into the work of a world leading team within GCHQ.

You’ll be part of a close-knit cohort, with access to a comprehensive training and development package that includes:

•    support from world-class cyber experts delivering interactive lectures, workshops, and practical learning through application
•    individual and group real-time exercises in a supportive learning environment
•    organised social activities
•    help to develop your skills in programming and computer networking which will support your STEM degree studies

You’ll benefit from a salary of £300 per week for the duration of the summer school, and free accommodation which we’ll provide for you while you learn at a Lancashire location. You’ll have your own ensuite room, with shared kitchen facilities. Travel expenses to support your attendance - at the start and end of the summer school only - are available.  

Receipted travel cost requests to support your attendance will be refunded for travel to the summer school, and at the end of your time with us. (up to £200)

About You

You’ll have a basic understanding of a programming language (Python, C, JavaScript, or similar) - for example you may have coded a simple programme in the past. You’ll also be able to tell us about your interest in cyber-focused areas such as on-line security or networking.

You’ll be graduating between summers 2025 to 2028 and on track for a minimum 2:2 STEM degree, or a joint honours degree that includes a STEM subject.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered.

Our 10-week summer school will take place from Monday 1st July to Friday 6th September 2024. You’ll need to be able to commit to this whole period.

Training and Development

At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you succeed.  During our 10-week programme, you’ll develop your skills in programming, computer networking, and cyber security, to help support your future career aspirations. 

The Cyber Insights Summer School will give you a unique opportunity to gain an insight into our ways of working and you will gain skills and experience through coaching and mentoring from our training partners and our world-class Subject Matter Experts. During the summer school, a pastoral care officer is available to support you throughout your time with us, more than just helping you to settle in.

On completion of the summer school, you may want to consider applying to some of our future opportunities (2025), such as an 11-week summer programme, or an industry year placement – which will involve working within our Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) team. You could also consider joining us in full-time employment through one of our future recruitment opportunities. Availability of these opportunities will depend on where you are in relation to completing your degree. Cyber Insights Summer School is a unique opportunity for you to gain experience and understanding of where a career with us could take you.

Equal Opportunities

At GCHQ diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website https://www.gchq-careers.co.uk/life-at-gchq/diversity-inclusion.html

We’re Disability Confident

GCHQ are proud to have achieved Leader status within the DWP’s Disability Confident scheme. This is aimed at encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people. Being Disability Confident, we aim to offer a person-to-person interview to any candidate who self-identifies as disabled and meets the essential criteria for the role. This is our ‘Offer of Interview’ (OOI). To secure an interview for this vacancy, the essential criteria (in order of application process) are:

•    You’ll be graduating between the summers 2025 to 2028 and on track for a minimum 2:2 STEM degree, or a joint honours degree that includes a STEM subject

What to Expect

Our recruitment process is fair, transparent, and based on merit. Here is a brief overview of each stage, in order:
•    Application Form Sift
•    Virtual Interview

Please note, you must successfully pass each stage of the process to progress to the next. Your application may take around 4-6 months to process including vetting. Please don’t put your life on hold whilst your vetting is in progress.

Before You Apply

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. You can apply at the age of 17 years. If successful, you will need to be 18 before 1st July 2024. There is no upper age limit to apply for a role with us. You’ll usually need to have been a resident in the UK for 4 out of the last 5 years when applying for this role with us at this level. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK, but we do assess each case individually. There are some common exceptions like studying abroad, living overseas with parents or serving with HM Forces. We’ll just need references for the time you lived abroad.

Please note we have a strict drugs policy, so once you start your application, you can’t take any recreational drugs and you’ll need to declare your previous drug usage at the relevant stage.

Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. 

Right to Withdraw Statement: 

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful of this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.