SCHOOL and college students are set to learn vital digital skills through the region’s first cyber security and hacking lab, thanks to funding from the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The authority has awarded Birmingham-based TechTalent Academy £100,000 to set up an ethical hacking, computer network and security challenge centre in the West Midlands, which is free for all schools and colleges in the WMCA area.
The centre is also available for residents of all ages to develop cyber security skills and work towards starting a new career in the tech industry.
During the current academic year, 1,000 people will gain hands-on experience in a range of interactive activities, including cyber-attacks and cryptography challenges.
The Hacking Lab is a physical space with ten cutting-edge workstations in TechTalent Academy’s Birmingham base.
However, all its activities can be run remotely, enabling the company to comply with social distancing rules and offer easy access for residents from across the region.
For more information about the Hacking Lab, contact [email protected]