9th October 2018

South Devon College is thrilled to announce that two of our top flying Level 3 Computing students have been awarded an invitation the HM Government backed ‘Cyber Start Elite’ event in London.

After initially enrolling online for the Cyber Discovery Programme, two of the Colleges’ rising stars including student Marcus Bailey, 19 from Paignton, have excelled in the first 3 stages of the challenging 4 stage programme. As a reward, both have successfully gained a special invitation to the Cyber Start Elite final stage this autumn.

The innovative programme saw in excess of 23,000 student entrants nationwide, with just 170 students making it through to the final stage. Here the carefully selected finalists are invited to attend one of the three Cyber Start Elite camp events taking place in Manchester, Bristol and London. The finals will provide a platform for students to showcase their abilities, helping to pave the way for future successful careers within the cyber-crime and wider digital sectors.

South Devon College Lecturer in Computer Science and Hi-Tech Nirosha Holton said, “Cyber Discovery is a fantastic initiative to identify and unlock hidden talents of our students and inspire some of our young, bright minds to open up to the possibilities and career choices in Cyber Security. With two students being selected for the Cyber Elite Camp this year, there is a lot of interest in our young cohorts and this year we will roll out the programme to all our computing students to encourage more students to take part”.

Over 23,500 students in England played CyberStart Assess, the first stage of the programme, whilst over 12,500 made it through to levels 2 and 3. Registration for next year’s programme will open in Autumn 2018.

South Devon College continues to show its commitment to emerging subject areas, with construction of the College’s much anticipated Hi-Tech and Digital Centre, due to open in September 2019. The leading edge project will provide students with a visionary centre for learning and support, across various ever-growing hi-tech manufacturing, digital and creative sectors.

To find out more about wide variety of courses the College offers from apprenticeships to full-time courses or university degrees, visit our next Open Evening on Wednesday 21st November, 4pm-7pm at the Vantage Point Campus, Long Road, Paignton, TQ4 7EJ. Alternatively, you can call our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 or email [email protected]

For more information about this story please contact Guy Marsden, Marketing & Communications Officer at [email protected] or on 01803 540563.

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