CompTIA offering free cyber security upskilling classes in Birmingham, Manchester and Preston

Cyber Ready - CompTIA

CompTIA, a non-profit tech association, is offering free cyber security upskilling classes in Birmingham, Manchester and Preston for groups who are under-represented in the cyber industry.

CompTIA's initiative, Cyber Ready, is a six-month retraining programme designed to ensure all graduates develop the necessary skills and knowledge to secure Cyber Security related employment.

The flipped-classroom approach combines classroom and online teaching methods and is designed to encourage applications from candidates who may have other commitment and time limitations.

The free course is open to people in-work and has been developed to improve the diversity of the cyber talent pipeline by supporting returners to tech, low skilled, graduates, ex-armed forces, women, and BAME individuals.

Graham Hunter, CompTIA’s vice president for skills certification in EMEA, said, “The need for cybersecurity professionals and the vital skills they provide remains robust, even in the midst of the worst global pandemic in the last 100 years.”

“In fact, certain types of cyber-attacks have increased in frequency during the pandemic."

"This is prompting more employers to strengthen their cyber defenses and recruit skilled personnel to secure data, devices and networks.”

During the six-month programme, candidates will have access to the latest industry-standard content on cybersecurity, via on-demand videos, virtual labs and adaptive questions to build their cyber skills. The learning will be supervised by trainers with real world experience in cybersecurity.

Applications for the West Midlands class close on the 14th August and the North West on the 21st August. You can find out more about Cyber Ready and how to apply here.

Cyber Ready - CompTIA

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Could you become an instructor or mentor for Paper Airplanes' Women in Tech programme?

Paper Airplanes Women in Tech Programme

Paper Airplanes' are looking for instructors and mentors for their Women in Tech Programme.

Paper Airplanes is a non-profit organisation that provides free, one-on-one language and skills learning for individuals whose lives and education have been interrupted due to conflict. They provide alternative pathways for our students to pursue their education by connecting them with personal tutors for 12 week sessions conducted through Skype. As of now, Paper Airplanes are running programs that teach English, coding to women, and Turkish to primarily Syrian refugees and Gazans. In the five years since their inception, they have served approximately 1,300 students with 90 per centof students reporting significant improvement within a semester.

Paper Airplanes' Women in Tech program works with conflict-affected women and non-binary people aged 18 - 35 who speak advanced English, have little to no coding experience, but are interested in learning coding. The program seeks to equip women and non-binary people with basic skills in coding languages such as CSS, JavaScript, and HTML.

Each student is matched with an instructor, who dedicates four to six hours of their week to preparing and presenting the course content, and a personal mentor, who meets with them once a week to help with assignments and answer questions! At the end of the course, each student has three weeks to create their own small project to showcase their learning to potential employers. Paper Airplanes' focus on working with marginalised women and non-binary people to empower them and give them access to jobs in the programmer market, including the ability to work remotely.

Become a Women in Tech instructor:

As a Women in Tech instructor, you would be responsible for teaching the Women in Tech program alongside the other instructors and the Women in Tech Program Manager. This is a volunteer position, with an expected time commitment of four-six hours per week (typically up to two hours of planning and up to two hours of instructing).

Find out more and apply here

Become a Women in Tech mentor:

As a Women in Tech mentor, you would be responsible for meeting with your mentee(s) on a weekly basis over a channel like Skype, helping them complete homework assignments and their final project. This is a volunteer position, with an expected time commitment of two hours per week.

Find out more and apply here

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Can you help FutureDotNow support the most vulnerable online during COVID-19?

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FutureDotNow has launched an initiative to support the most vulnerable online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

FutureDotNow are coordinating industry action through a new initiative, DevicesDotNow, targeting the 1.7 million households who don’t have access to the internet and are digitally excluded as we face a socially distanced world gripped by COVID-19.

Supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the DevicesDotNow campaign is asking businesses to donate tablets, smartphones and laptops, as well as connectivity in the form of sims, dongles and mobile hotspots.

As the government works to address the challenges of COVID-19, many elderly and vulnerable people may find themselves isolated in their homes with limited means of communicating with the outside world, or getting access to vital services such as health, food or banking.

Frontline community organisations are in desperate need of digital devices to be able to mobilise into the community. With your help, we can power them up so they can support households facing self-isolation – alleviating the strain on the NHS, while ensuring that vulnerable people aren’t cut off from their loved ones and the outside world.

There are number of ways to get involved and support the #DevicesDotNow campaign:

  • Donate devices - tablets or smartphones are a first choice, but laptops are also required.
  • Donate SIM cards, portable hotspots, dongles or other connectivity.
  • Make a financial donation - £10,000 would fund the purchase of tablets and smartphones for around 100 vulnerable individuals and families.
  • Spread the word - Share the #DevicesDotNow mission with a least five business leaders in your network who could be in a position to help.

Find out more about the campaign here.

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Are you part of the scientific modelling community? The Royal Society needs your help

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Are you part of the scientific modelling community?

The Royal Society is calling for urgent action for those in the scientific modelling community, and is a scheme to allow those with modelling skills (including data science) to contribute to current UK efforts in modelling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UK has a small but highly effective community of academic experts in pandemic modelling. These skilled researchers are currently at full stretch, not only doing their own research on the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, but also providing evidence to inform Government policy, through channels such as SPI-M, the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Modelling Group, which reports to SAGE, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies.

Many in the wider scientific community have valuable skills in computer modelling but no direct expertise in pandemic models. For example, some existing epidemic models, called IBMs (individual based models) are closely related to Agent Based Models used in research fields ranging from urban traffic planning, financial market modelling, dataflow optimization across communications networks, and individualized marketing on social media. In some of these fields there is valuable expertise in developing very large scale models and integrating them with data-science toolsets.

This is a nationwide call for rapid assistance in modelling the pandemic (RAMP), addressed to specialists in any or all of the above areas, and indeed to the scientific modelling community more widely. Possible assistance could include advice on importing modelling elements from other research domains; undertaking the software engineering needed to port vastly enlarged datasets into existing pandemic models; data analytics to create predictive empirical models from real-world data; offering new perspectives on existing modelling strategies; and adding to human and computing resources more generally. Another role could be to review and filter the numerous COVID-relating modelling efforts from scientists in other fields that are already starting to appear online, feeding through to SPI-M and/or other bodies, contributions that might have substantial impact on planning.

This call for assistance is addressed to the wider modelling community (including data analytics) in academia and industry. Our initial focus is on the UK community but this is an international emergency and we welcome contributions from non-UK based scientists, while realizing that they might wish to prioritize any similar initiative in their own countries.

A willingness to work on specified tasks, and to deadlines, is needed. However, no previous experience in epidemic modelling, as such, is required of RAMP participants.

For full details of the scheme and an online form to volunteer on behalf of your research group, click here.

The online survey form should be filled out as soon as practicable and, if at all possible, by 5pm on Thursday 2 April (BST). The survey form will cease to operate completely a day or two after that.

Calling all engineers! Can you help in the fight against COVID-19?

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Calling all engineers!

With each day that passes, the severity of the coronavirus outbreak increases, as the issues extend beyond health concerns, impacting stock markets around the world and the way businesses operate.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has recognised the critical role that engineers can play in managing the impact of the pandemic, and is asking its Fellows, awardees and partners to use their combined engineering expertise and UK and global networks to help identify solutions, organisations and contacts that could help governments address challenges and assist the public health response.

There is an immediate need for ventilator manufacture, but The Royal Academy of Engineering are encouraging innovation and ideas across all areas, including healthcare systems, critical infrastructure, business management and supply chain.

The Academy is supporting the following calls for assistance:

  • The UK government’s urgent call for assistance from engineering and manufacturing organisations around the UK to help boost the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK to support the National Health Service in its response to COVID-19
  • The Frontier Tech Hub’s urgent call to emerging markets for Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation Systems, inviting applications for an existing, proven technology that can be rapidly adapted to be built in the UK. The winning technology will be adapted for manufacture and use in the UK by a team at UCL’s Institute for Healthcare Engineering with GDI Hub, and will receive a licensing fee
  • In addition, there are other key areas where the engineering community may be able to provide new approaches to specific challenges through technological developments. The Academy is calling on its Fellows, awardees and partners to help accelerate innovations, provide relevant policy advice and establish communications and engagement channels for people to share experiences and knowledge with governments and other organisations.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has identified the below specific requests as a great way to offer your expertise:

If you don't feel able to respond to the specific requests, there are still ways that you as an engineering professional can help with the effort to address the coronavirus, so please do get in touch with The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Get Involved: In2Science


In2ScienceUK is a non-profit organisation which exists to support young people from low-income backgrounds to achieve their potential and progress to apprentices, degrees and careers in the STEM sector, whilst addressing the shortfall of 40,000 STEM-skilled workers in the UK today.

The charity was founded in 2010 by Dr Rebecca McKelvey, previously Head of Science at an East London school, who was inspired to take action to address the low participation and lack of opportunities for young people from poor backgrounds when pursuing their interest in STEM subjects.

To date, the charity has supported over 1,000 students from 326 schools; over 80% of whom are now enrolled at a leading HE institution. In the next three years, the charity hopes to expand nationally to enable more young people from low income backgrounds to reach their potential in STEM.  Supporting partners of the charity have included University College London, nesta, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Oxford Neuroscience, Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport, DeepMind, Science Museum and New Scientist magazine.

How can you help?

  • Harness your passion and expertise as a practicing research scientist to give students a unique experience working alongside you for 2 weeks during the summer
  • Take the opportunity to make a difference to the prospects of these young people during your working day
  • Students benefit from working with you through access to information, mentoring and guidance on university applications and STEM careers

Find out more

The Girls' Network

Could you be a mentor for The Girls' Network?

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Are you

Able to relate well to others?

Good at working through problems?

Committed and reliable?

Able to provide insight from your personal experiences?

Then mentoring could be for you!

The Girls’ Network aims to inspire and empower girls aged 14-19 from the least advantaged communities by connecting them to a mentor and a network of professional role models who are women. They support over 1000 girls a year via relationships with schools in London, Sussex, Portsmouth, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, the North East and Liverpool City Region. Professional volunteers who are women are trained in mentoring and safeguarding by The Girls’ Network and meet their mentees at least once a month for a year. Mentoring is a journey, helping mentees get from where they are to where they want to be.

If you are based or work out of one of the above regions, you can apply to become a mentor to a local teenage girl by visiting The Girls’ Network website or clicking here. London applications are now open for a limited time.

Why mentor?

Mentoring is an amazing way to share your experience and skills with a girl that might not benefit from this support otherwise.
It is also a great way to show a teenage girl that you believe in her, and that she is worth investing time in. This is a powerful combination, and one that we have seen transform the lives of girls and young women again and again.
We are looking for women who have had experience of the workplace, who have time and willingness to support a girl from one of the least-advantaged communities across the country, and who want to support a girl to overcome obstacles and seize opportunities.
We ask our mentors for a commitment of at least one hour a month, over the course of the year.

 The Girls' Network

For other opportunities to give back or volunteer, click here.

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Get Involved: Apps For Good

Apps For Good

Inspire the next generation of technology problem solvers with Apps For Good.

Join Apps For Good industry expert community to:

  • Help young problem solvers to unleash their creative potential
  • Show students how skills from the classroom transfer into the real world
  • Be an inspiring role model for students from diverse backgrounds

Their Experts represent all areas of business and tech, forming a community of 1100+ volunteers who help young people bring their new product ideas to life.

What Experts do?

Industry Experts volunteer their time by dialing into classrooms for one-hour sessions to advise and support teams of students through the creation and development of their problem-solving apps, IoT and machine learning projects.

Expert volunteers advise on many areas of tech product development, including:

  • Idea screening
  • Target users and market insights
  • User experience
  • Marketing and social media
  • Pitching and public speaking
  • Technical and data feasibility
  • Coding and web development
  • Internet of Things
  • Machine learning algorithms

Most sessions are organised via Skype, so Experts can volunteer from anywhere!

What Apps For Good are looking for?

  • You don’t need to be ‘techie’ - so long as you have an understanding of how your expertise supports new product development
  • Ideally, you have some professional experience in one of the areas above
  • You can do one session per year or one per week – it’s up to you


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Get Involved: Stemettes

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Help and nurture a young lady's interest in STEM!

It doesn't take much time, but can really help someone in an early stage of life.

About Stemettes

To inspire the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths(STEM) fields by showing them the amazing women already in STEM via a series of panel events, hackathons, exhibitions, and mentoring schemes.

All girls will be able to make informed decisions about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), so that eventually women can be proportionally represented in the field. So that we can have 30 per cent+ of the UK’s STEM workforce being female, as opposed to just 13 per cent.

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Get Involved: Founders4Schools


Founders4Schools was created out of the Silicon Valley Comes to the UK initiative in 2011 and became an independent UK charity in 2015.

As a Gov-Tech charity operating in the educational sector, Founders4Schools is dedicated to improving the life chances and employability of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds by connecting them to leaders of successful, growing businesses across corporate, creative and social enterprise parts of the job market.

We continue to collaborate with educators, partners, parents, business leaders and students to enhance our proprietary online platform. We have integrated additional information sources and AI technologies to make recommendations to educators, so they can arrange Student-Employer Encounters (SEEs) based on their preferred criteria in just minutes.

Educators who subscribe to our services can now arrange over twenty different types of SEEs, and our personalised guidance builds upon research commissioned by our Partners including the Royal Society, The Careers & Enterprise Company and other stakeholders who make this possible.

These activities increase youth employability, improve social mobility and help close the skills-gap that is a major obstacle to economic growth. In those areas where we can’t help, we signpost our subscribers to leading partners where the evidence base supports an endorsement (and if recommended by our Advisory Council).

Our success has allowed us to work with thousands of teachers, schools and businesses to broker connections, each of which has the potential to change the course of a life. These SEEs inspire young people by helping them understand what skills are needed to improve their employability and are particularly important for the more marginalised young people who lack access to professional role models in their immediate environment.