Codebreakers may return to Bletchley Park in 2020 under ambitious plans to turn the home of World War Two cryptographers into an Institute of Digital Technology.
A consortium led by Milton Keynes College is seeking to transform the site’s derelict Block D into a centre for the teaching of technical qualifications and apprenticeships in a number of fields including cyber security.
The group, which includes Microsoft, KPMG and Bletchley Park Trust, is now bidding for £20m of government funding to redevelop the site where Alan Turing cracked the Enigma code during World War Two.
Julie Mills, CEO of Milton Keynes College, told NS Tech the institute would address the UK’s digital skills shortage and the lack of women working in technology by enrolling up to 1,000 students and adult learners a year.
“Our ambitions here are to widen participation and grow the cyber digital workforce, not just for the tech sector but for all business,” she said. “In this region, just 18 percent of the tech workforce is female and we want to really address that.”
ISC Squared, an association for the cyber security industry, reported last year that more than two thirds of UK companies are unable to recruit the cyber security specialists they need.
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