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New 'open door policy' spy school: the facts

18th October 2012
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The government is renovating and relaunching Bletchley Park spy school, which hopes to recruit 100 new spies. Now, however, the UK's intelligence agencies will be operating an 'open door policy' - almost anyone can apply to become one of  "the young innovators of this generation who will help keep our country safe in years to come."

Who?

From now on, the government will be targeting any young person with advanced technology skills.

All 18-year-olds with 3 good A-levels or a vocational qualification in science, technology or engineering can apply. Anyone, as Hague said, "from the Xbox generation."

Why?

The government recieves cyber security attacks almost every day and as 'cyber terrorists' get more advanced, more advanced code breakers are needed. There was also a precedent set by WW2 for young code breakers who worked on breaking the German's Enigma code daily. They were so obviously youthful, Churchill even exclaimed: "I knew you were mad but I didn't realise you were quite so young!"

When?

Although the plans were announced today, there was no date set for the opening of Bletchley Park. 

Where?

The training will take place at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, a historic hub for espionage and code breaking, and will last two years.

How?

If you think you've got what it takes to become a spy, email recruitment@gchq.gsi.gov.uk, preferably with a CV and a nice little note. (They put it online... what do they expect?!)




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