British Intelligence Looking for Recruits with Gaming Skills

The UK's Government Communications Head Quarters, also known as GCHQ, has announced a new apprenticeship scheme for young people and is specifically looking for recruits from the "Xbox generation." Foreign Secretary William Hague announced the new scheme during a speech at Bletchley Park, home to the National Codes Centre and the National Museum of Computing.

"[...] Today, I am announcing a new development programme for Apprentices, which will help to identify and develop talent in school and university age students and give opportunities to 70 new recruits for GCHQ and our other Intelligence Agencies," said Hague, adding that GCHQ will no longer only recruit annual, nor will it be looking only for those with a university degree. Instead, the Government Communications HQ will be looking for individuals with relevant experience or vocation qualifications as part of an effort to attract a wide pool of talent.

Hague said if the UK is to maintain a leading role on cyber issues, it must 'harness' experts from the 'Xbox generation' who have grown up a digital world filled with social media, interactive gaming, and global connectivity.

The Foreign Office says those participating in the SIA Apprentices scheme will be part of a two-year program that will offer a Foundation degree in Communications, Security and Engineering from De Montfort University and a Level 4 Diploma in IT, Software, Web and Telecommunications Professional competence.

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  • cats_Paw
    From Xbox? Even from PC sounds a bit far feched, but Xbox? Next thing we will hear is they are looking for Wii Gamers :D.
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  • cats_Paw
    From Xbox? Even from PC sounds a bit far feched, but Xbox? Next thing we will hear is they are looking for Wii Gamers :D.
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  • saudagar
    Basically looking for forces to combat cyber warfare as China leads that in the world and in the clout of gaming skills bah.
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    two-year program that will offer a Foundation degree in Communications, Security and Engineering from De Montfort University and a Level 4 Diploma in IT, Software, Web and Telecommunications Professional competence.
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  • samuelspark
    T.T Where's the US version for PC?
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