The DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport) is launching a £200 million cyber schools programme aimed at students between 14 and 18.
The programme's aim is to teach secondary school pupils vital cybersecurity skills through extracurricular clubs, activities and an online game, starting with a pilot programme launched in Autumn.
The initiative is part of the government's National Cyber Security Programme to find the online security experts of the future.
The DCMS said that the programme was devised "to make sure the UK is prepared for the future and ready to tackle the growing threat posed by cybercriminals." They also added, "we want to help young people learn some of the skills needed to work in the cyber security profession. In the coming years, it will be your generation building, running and protecting the UK - you could be needed to help protect industries such as banking, transport and public services."
Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital, said: "Our Cyber Schools Programme aims to inspire the talent of tomorrow and give thousands of the brightest young minds the chance to learn cutting-edge cybersecurity skills alongside their secondary school studies. I encourage all those with the aptitude, enthusiasm, and passion for a cybersecurity career to register for what will be a challenging and rewarding scheme."
Students between 14 and 18 will be assessed before beginning the programme, and as well as skills they will learn during the extra-curricular courses, they will also gain valuable connections within the sector to help further their careers.