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Scotland’s school children are being taught about ethical hacking and digital forensics as part of an online challenge designed to find the country’s next generation of cyber superheroes.
The hugely popular Discover Cyber Skills initiative, delivered by Skills Development Scotland, is entering its third and penultimate year on a high after smashing its launch targets.
Organisers initially hoped that 4000 people would complete the course by the end of its four-year run, yet after only two years nearly 40,000 have joined in with the computer-based fun, both online and through real world events held across Scotland.
In previous years, pupils gained hands on experience of cracking password encryptions, hacking a bank, and defending a hospital from a cyber-attack. All were designed to get the message across about the importance of online security for both personal safety reasons and as a career option.
This year’s online lessons will see children role play a cyber security consultant tasked with protecting a fictional pizza restaurant chain, as well as being introduced to a range of digital forensic techniques as they try to solve a murder case.
Claire Gillespie, Sector Manager for digital technologies at SDS, said: “The fact this programme has been so successful shows the message is getting through about the amazing career opportunities in Scotland’s digital technology sector. It also shows that these lessons are a very welcome addition to the school curriculum, which is brilliant to see.”
The lessons are free, with no previous computer experience or skills needed, and the most popular challenge will be rerun during Cyber Scotland Week in 2020 (17-23 February 2020).
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The new principles set out expectations for apprenticeships from ‘design through to delivery’. Their development is part of Skills Development Scotland’s on-going work with industry and key stakeholders on apprenticeship standards and frameworks in Scotland.The development is being driven by the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board (SAAB) Standards and Framework Group (SFG), which is the industry voice for apprenticeships.Colette Filippi, Head of Standards and Frameworks at Skills Development Scotland said:“SAAB SFG members believe that apprenticeships – in providing industry-wide transferable skills - are vital components of the Scottish economic and skills landscape.“It is therefore important that we have a well-defined apprenticeship system, from the design through to delivery, which is what the new principles provide.“We would like to thank everyone who took part and supported the consultation and engagement.”SAAB’s Standards and Frameworks Group led extensive work and consultation, supported by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) to develop the new set of principles. This included a wider public consultation exercise, involving employers and their representative organisations, individuals, trade unions, training providers, and universities and colleges.The aims in developing the principles are to:ensure high quality in delivery of apprenticeshipsprovide clarity on what apprenticeships are and what differentiates them from qualifications and other methods of training and learningensure that Scottish apprenticeships are recognised as robust, industry-led and quality assured work-based learning programmes which provide transferable skills across the UK and internationallyThe 14 principles are backed by the Scottish Government and Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP and Deputy First Minister, John Swinney.The principles have been based on a review of existing elements along with best practice examples from high-performing international models.
Dyma lle byddaf yn rhannu fy syniadau am bynciau sy'n bwysig i mi. Pwy a ŵyr...efallai byddaf hyd yn oed yn rhannu lluniau, fideos a dolenni i bethau eraill diddorol.
Os oes gennych ddiddordeb yn fy mhethau, rhowch wybod i mi.
Nododd wyth o bob 10 (79%) o'r rhai a gymerodd ran yn yr arolwg lefel uchel iawn o foddhad â'u prentisiaeth, gan ei sgorio wyth neu fwy allan o 10.Roedd gan y mwyafrif a ymatebodd hefyd yr uchelgais i aros gyda'u cyflogwr presennol. Mae hyn yn cefnogi arolwg SDS cynharach o unigolion ar ôl chwe mis ôl-brentisiaeth *, a nododd fod y mwyafrif yn dal i weithio i'r un cyflogwr.
Cynhaliwyd yr Arolwg Mewn-Hyfforddiant Prentisiaeth Fodern gan SDS i ddeall canfyddiadau cyfredol Prentisiaid Modern o’u profiad cyflogaeth a hyfforddiant.Datgelodd yr arolwg hefyd mai'r cyfle i ddysgu sgiliau newydd oedd y rheswm a roddodd y mwyafrif am gymryd prentisiaeth, dros gymhellion poblogaidd eraill megis lefel y cymhwyster i'w ennill.Yn ogystal, cafodd ansawdd agwedd hyfforddi'r brentisiaeth ei raddio'n uchel gan y prentisiaid.
Gwaith gwella parhausDywedodd Katie Hutton: “Mae’r arolwg mewn-hyfforddiant yn rhan o’n gwaith gwella parhaus, gan sicrhau ein bod yn cael adborth gan brentisiaid ar lefel eu boddhad ac ansawdd eu prentisiaeth.“Mae'r canlyniadau'n rhoi mewnwelediad diddorol i brentisiaid, o ran dyheadau a chymhellion. Mae'r mwyafrif yn fodlon â'u swydd, gan nodi y gall prentisiaethau helpu busnesau i reoli cadw gweithwyr yn effeithiol. ” Mae'r ymchwil yn dilyn Arolwg Lles Prentisiaeth, a gynhaliwyd gan SDS ac a gyhoeddwyd yn gynharach eleni i ddeall canlyniadau tymor hir i'r rhai a oedd wedi cwblhau prentisiaethau, gydag ymatebwyr yn nodi lefelau uchel o les a boddhad.Enillwch y sgiliau i lwyddoMae canfyddiadau’r arolwg wedi cael eu croesawu gan y Gweinidog Busnes, Gwaith Teg a Sgiliau, Jamie Hepburn, a ddywedodd:“Rwy’n falch iawn o weld canlyniadau’r arolwg hwn a’r sgoriau boddhad uchel gan Brentisiaid Modern sy’n adlewyrchu’r bartneriaeth rhwng prentisiaid, cyflogwyr, a darparwyr hyfforddiant i sicrhau llwyddiant system Prentisiaethau’r Alban.“Mae prentisiaethau yn ffordd wych i unigolion ennill y sgiliau a’r profiad sydd eu hangen arnynt i lwyddo ym myd gwaith ac rwy’n arbennig o galonogol o ddarllen y byddai 96% o Brentisiaid Modern yn argymell Prentisiaethau i eraill.”Gellir gweld canfyddiadau allweddol yr Arolwg Mewn-Hyfforddiant Prentisiaeth Fodern ar wefan SDS yma.* Adroddiad Canlyniadau Canolradd Prentisiaethau Modern, 2016