The National Crime Agency (NCA) is launching campaign to recruit up to 400 trainee cyber and intelligence officers over the next year.
Open to candidates over 18 years old, and with a starting salary of £22,407, rising to £24,717 after two years of training, the vacancies are likely to appeal to those looking to start out in the industry.
“The agency is keen to stress that it is looking for ambition and aptitude in the area of work, rather than qualifications. For instance, young people who have left school or college with limited qualifications could still be strong candidates, providing they can prove their knowledge or interest in the cyber or intelligence world,” the NCA said.
The new recruits will be based at the NCA’s offices in Warrington and London, and as cyber trainees, they will have a chance to work in the newly created National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU).
Once trained up as an NCA officer, successful recruits will join a team of more than 4,000 officers working to reduce serious and organised crime in the UK.
The NCA’s deputy director general, Phil Gormley, said: “This trainee programme shows that we are opening the NCA up to new people and new ideas, diversifying our workforce and modernising the workplace - while at the same time transferring expertise gained through years of experience.”
An initial part of the recruitment process will include a security-focused questionnaire. While the applications are open to all, candidates who have received a caution or been convicted of a crime may not be eligible to apply.
The pre-qualifier stage will be followed by a number of online assessments to test candidates’ numerical, verbal and logic reasoning.
The agency expects more than 1,000 candidates to reach the final stage during the first two weeks of December, at which point they will be invited to an assessment centre.
Online applications for the vacancies will open at 8am on 1 November via www.ncacareers.com. Applications will close once 8,000 forms have been received.
The NCA has partnered with BT and UK spying centre GCHQ to design this year's final of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, a nationwide competition programme to bring more talented people into the cyber security profession and address a critical skills shortage.
The NCA replaced the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), and has been positioned as a single law enforcement agency that will be responsible for leading the national response to organised crime – this covers everything from cross-border criminal networks, cyber-crime, as well as tracking down child sex abusers using the internet to target children.