Community Outreach

Providing education and experiences

Young People & Families

CyberFirst Girls Competition

The CyberFirst Girls Competition aims to support girls interested in a career in DigiTech & Cyber. The competition is a team event, hosted across England, Wales and Scotland. It consists of two phases — an online qualifying round to identify the top teams, and 13 simultaneous regional finals across the country.

We have facilitated regional ‘final’ events for NCSC CyberFirst Girls Competition, as well as follow-up DigiTech/Cyber Experiences aimed at the students who previously participated in the CyberFirst competition.


CyberFirst Schools

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CyberFirst began as a Programme of opportunities to help young people explore their passion for technology and they now offer multiple initiatives designed to seek out those with potential, offer the support, skills, experience and exposure needed to be the future first line of defence in a CyberFirst world.

The CyberFirst Schools scheme has been hugely successful thanks to the support of local and global industries. Working with schools, universities, businesses and government bodies, its mission is ‘to train tomorrow’s cyber security community’.

CyberFirst formally recognise organisations who are committed to providing a structured approach to excellence in Cybersecurity education and the Trust is pleased to be recognised as a CyberFirst Member.

Follow this link to find out more about CyberFirst Schools.



Cyber Explorers

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At 11-14 years, young people really can be anything they want to be. The only certainty is that careers of the future demand digital skills. Initially started by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Cyber Explorers is an initiative which showcases how the skills being taught in class are linked to real world situations, through an immersive, gamified learning experience. Cyber Explorers uncovers how digital, computing and Cyber skills are integral to successful career paths.

Government wants to ensure that there is a sustained supply of diverse and high-quality individuals joining the cyber workforce in the future and the Cyber Explorers Programme aims to inspire the next generation of Cyber Professionals and offer all young people the confidence and skills they need to explore career pathways in the sector.

We are pleased to be working with CyberFirst to introduce this Programme to a wider audience as part of our Community Outreach activities.

Follow this link to find out more about Cyber Explorers.



The Turing Trust

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Founded by Alan Turing’s family, the Turing Trust seeks to continue his legacy by using technology to empower disadvantaged communities. Alan is widely regarded as the father of modern computing and he saw IT as a tool for solving immense challenges. He also had a passion for helping others: he funded one member of his foster family to work in Africa and sponsored a Jewish refugee’s schooling during World War II. 

The Turing Trust refurbishes IT equipment, installs a range of educational software on these devices – and provides them to those who need it most.

In thirteen years they enabled access to computers for over 169,000 students across Africa, Asia & the UK. They believe that one day every child will be able to enjoy the transformative power of technology that Alan envisioned.

We are thrilled to be working with the Turing Trust to promote their Programmes to a wider audience, as part of our Community Outreach activities.

Follow this link to find out more about the Turing Trust.




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Barefoot is supported by the British Computer Society (BCS), Computing at School (CAS) and BT. Through programmes offered to young people and their families, for example, schoolchildren, their parents, and even senior citizens (grandparents) can be introduced to, and then educated about, DigiTech & Cyber. This might include presentations, workshops, online courses and educational activity, including quizzes.

Follow this link to find out more about Barefoot.




Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA) is an award-winning platform offering bite-sized, interactive modules on a range of topics that are created with industry experts and innovative employers to help learners to develop digital & enterprise skills. They are rewarded with Digital Badges and points for every module they complete. Achievements are automatically recorded on a portable ‘Record of Achievement’, which can result in Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards (and certificates) being awarded.

Follow this link to iDEA for The CyberHub Trust (iDEA Registration page).
Follow this link to an iDEA Booklet which lists all the badges currently available.




Women into Science and Engineering Awards (WISE)
In 1984, the Engineering Council collaborated with the Equal Opportunities Commission to launch Women into Science and Engineering (WISE). Spearheaded by Baroness Beryl Platt, Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission at the time, the initiative intended to highlight the “career opportunities for girls & women in Science (Technology) and Engineering professions”.

Since then it has helped a huge number of individuals, organisations, and businesses, and contributed to a wide range of campaigns to raise the profile of women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

To support its partners to achieve gender parity and benefit from better productivity, innovation, and business performance. These partnerships will strengthen STEM sectors by championing diversity of thought, background, and life experience - thereby making STEM inclusive to all.

The mission will:​

Inspire every girl to envision a future in STEM
Empower all women to enter, remain and progress in their STEM careers
Lead a network of organisations to facilitate collaboration and amplify best practice
Share insight and knowledge to enable partners to harness the benefits of diverse talent
Create a sense of belonging for everyone in STEM


See below as our Chair Julia von Klonowski attended at a recent WISE ‘schools’ event.


At Risk Individuals

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‘At-risk’ individuals refers to young people who might otherwise be drawn into criminal activities. They are identified by Law Enforcement and, if they meet certain criteria (managed by the NCA, and ROCU officers & others), they are encouraged to work with the Trust so that they might learn skills and gain experiences, which they can put to positive use in the community.

Programmes are organised to support such individuals, to develop their technical skills in a safe and positive environment, where they can be assessed and encouraged.


Special educational needs and disabilities

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A person has special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) if they have a learning difficulty and/or a disability that means they need special health and education support. Having SEND can affect a person’s ability to learn, affect behaviour or the ability to socialise (they may struggle to make friends), reading & writing (because they may have dyslexia), ability to understand things, concentration levels (they may have ADHD) or their physical ability.

We work with organisations who are trained and accredited to work with people who have SEND.