GFirst LEP is proudly sponsoring CyNam's #EmPowerCyber event

We are proud to be sponsoring CyNam's #EmPowerCyber2022 taking place today, on Friday 25th November.

The event will host over 1,000 Year 8 girls from schools across Gloucestershire, with 20+ supporting industries and universities running interactive cyber workshops to inspire the next generation of talent.

Emma Williams, Assistant Principal Academic at Wyedean School in Gloucestershire, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer our students the chance to be part of the EmPowerCyber event as it challenges the cyber career stereotypes and inspires the next generation of young women to consider careers in STEM or cybersecurity. Our students will experience interactive, enriching and empowering workshops lead by key industries and academia, learning first hand the critical skills that are needed for the future.

“Industry role models inspire our young women to think bigger as, after all, “seeing is believing”. The cyber and STEM role models at the event will encourage our students to be more ambitious and to consider careers that they have never been exposed to.”


Madeline Howard, Chair and Director of CyNam and organiser of EmPowerCyber, added: “There are so many career opportunities for both men and women in cyber. Cyber skills have never been so much in demand as the talent shortage continues to grow. Yet we’re still seeing fewer females coming through the sector, despite it being well paid, one of the most flexible to work in, and offering a real variety of career options. So CyNam is on a mission to capture the imagination of every young person and educate them on the opportunities in the sector. EmPowerCyber in the South-West and North-East will hopefully be the first of many such events.

“We’re amazed at the level of response we got from teachers and industry, and we’d like to keep repeating this success in other regions. Events like these are vital to bring together the cyber community and to make a difference to the future of young lives as well as continuously nurture the talent we need to safeguard the future security of our nation.”

For more information about how GFirst LEP supports cyber careers, contact Charlotte Smith, Cyber Skills Growth Lead and Enterprise Co-ordinator:

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