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More than 27,000 school pupils and teachers have benefited from our Discover Cyber education programme in the last two years, proving that the demand for digital skills in schools is at an all-time high.

Discover Cyber was only launched in 2016, with a target of reaching 4000 pupils and teachers in the space of four years. We did nearly 7 times that number in only two years! 

According to Claire Gillespie, sector manager for digital technologies at SDS, the fact the targets were smashed shows the message is getting through about the great career opportunities in Scotland’s fastest growing industry.


“There are nearly 13,000 vacancies each year which need to be filled, and that is growing rapidly,” said Claire “We need to look at all avenues to plug this skills gap, and although this is part of our longer-term strategy, our work in schools is so important.

“These numbers show that it’s not only important, but it’s also a very welcome addition to the school curriculum which is heartening to see. Year three of Discover Cyber hasn’t even started yet, and look where we are.”

To find out more about digital careers, and to get a flavour of the Discover Cyber programme, including a sample of the Meet The Expert videos, visit Digital World.

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