Business engagement with schools is an often overlooked necessity that is critical to building and sustaining a skilled workforce in the future. It’s a responsibility that all businesses should not shirk as they are the ones that will struggle to find enough people with the right skills further down the line.
The value that businesses such as Secon Cyber bring whilst working with schools is well researched. Young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers whilst at school are significantly less likely to drop out of education, become unemployed and not pursue any form of career-related training. When in fulltime employment, they can also expect to earn 18% more than peers who had no such workplace encounters.
At Secon Cyber we have been supporting this initiative by collaborating with Paddington Academy. Over the last two years, we have been providing the school’s students with exposure to the world of cyber security and what opportunities lay within this growing industry. Ironically there is a significant skill shortage within the industry. Continuous engagement with schools such as Paddington Academy by employers such as ourselves will not only add value to schools and the lives of young people but will also help to address the skill shortage and therefore increase the chances of new and more skilled workers embarking on a career within the industry in the future.
We have attempted to engage and add value to the student’s lives and education by providing initiatives such as e-safety seminars, career days, mock interviews and work experience opportunities. This type of engagement allows us to provide the students with the tools and knowledge required to conduct themselves appropriately and safely online as well as educate them as to what opportunities they have within the cybersecurity industry.
We look forward to continuing our relationship with Paddington Academy and enabling their students to better themselves for the future.