The Scottish Digital Technologies Skills Group

The Scottish Digital Technologies Skills Group

To support the growth in cyber security jobs, Scotland's Digital Technologies Skills Group pledges to deliver a series of Discover Cyber Careers events and resources over the next 4 years, engaging 3,000 young people aged 10–14 years. Through interactive cyber security activities and input from industry, these will inspire young people and their influencers about the range and quality of cyber security careers and the range of learning pathways into the sector. This will include interactive online sessions, as well as developing a cyber events toolkit to enable others to take this concept out and deliver their own local activities.

Reach will be further extended via delivery of 15 sessions of the online "meet the experts" programme, using video conferencing to engage Digital Technology experts (employees, employers, students, lecturers) directly with young people and parents. The experts will talk directly to all schools by using GLOW the Scottish schools intranet platform. These events build on Digital World activity which is an industry led campaign presenting technology as a career of choice for young people. 

Last update: 18/09/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills in education

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/09/2017
End date: 01/06/2021

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope: Local
Public Funding:
The digital skills and technologies group have received £9.5 million of funding from the Scottish Government over the last four years as well as an addition allocation of funding to support the delivery of these cyber security focused events.

The Scottish Digital Technologies Skills Group

Scotland's Digital Technologies Skills Group is a public/private sector partnership charged with the delivery of Scotland's Digital Technologies Skills Investment Plan. The group has delivered projects across Scotland that help meet the immediate need for digital employees, broaden our talent pipeline, raise the digital sector's profile and make our education system more responsive to the needs of industry.

Qualitative Impact

Ensure Scotland's technology industry has a pipeline of future talent with the skills to support their growth by equipping young people with the skills and knowledge about technology jobs and careers. Specific outcomes include:

• Increased numbers of young people have an understanding of the skills required for, and benefits of, careers in digital technologies, specifically cyber security;
• Increased numbers of young people are aware of the broad range of career and career pathways into the digital technology sector, specifically cyber security;
• Teachers are better informed about careers in the digital technology sector and can support young people into careers in cyber security and are aware of the importance of cyber resilience;
• Creation of rich content for use online and through social media to promote careers into digital technologies specifically cyber security and signposting to cyber resilience resources and information.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People reached through awareness raising activities/ Young people aged 10 -14 years engaged Working in partnership with education and industry, deliver interactive events to introduce young people to the skills involved in cyber security jobs. Deliver industry and careers talks which will inspire young people and provide them with information on the range of pathways into cyber security jobs, with a particular focus on work based apprenticeship pathways. 3,000 N/A
People reached through awareness raising activities/ % of women out of 3,000 young people involved 40% gender balance in event attendance. To address the gender imbalance in the technology sector target and tailor the events to support achieving a good gender split of attendees. 1,200 N/A
School/company collaboration/ Partners accessing toolkit Increase the reach of the event programme by packaging them into a toolkit of self serves lessons and activities to support teachers and other educators to run their own events and activities locally. 50 N/A
Awareness raising activities/ Meet the expert sessions Complementing the events programme by supporting the cyber security industry to be video conference directly into schools to deliver real time, live and interactive careers activities/talks, supported by a question and answer session with pupils. 15 N/A

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

No evidence available about the progress.

Milestones

Milestone name Completion date Status
Delivery of Discover Cyber Careers Events 2017 20/12/2017
Delivery of Discover Cyber Careers Events 2018 20/12/2018
Delivery of Discover Cyber Careers Events 2019 20/12/2019
Delivery of Discover Cyber Careers Online Events 2018 20/06/2018
Delivery of Discover Cyber Careers Online Events 2019 20/06/2019
Delivery of Discover Cyber Careers Online Events 2020 20/06/2020
Launch of cyber security careers toolkit for partners 20/06/2018
Delivery of meet the expert sessions with schools/autumn 2017 20/12/2017
Delivery of meet the expert sessions with schools/spring 2018 20/06/2018
Delivery of meet the expert sessions with schools/autumn 2018 20/12/2018
Delivery of meet the expert sessions with schools/spring 2019 20/06/2019
Delivery of meet the expert sessions with schools/autumn 2019 20/12/2019