Hague on the look out for next generation of geeks

By Charles Maggs

Foreign secretary William Hague has launched a scheme looking for a new wave of government computer scientists and code breakers.

Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) is looking for up to 100 young apprentices to protect the UK from the growing threat of cyber terrorism.

Speaking at Bletchley Park, where the legendary German Enigma code was broken, Hague hoped to evoke the war spirit in a new intake of mathematicians and technicians. 

"Young people are the key to our country’s future success, just as they were during the war," he said.

"It will be the young innovators of this generation who will help keep our country safe in years to come against threats which are every bit as serious as some of those confronted in the Second World War."

It is hoped that the 'Xbox generation' of young people raised in the world of social media will be perfectly placed to ensure the UK's cyber security.

He also announced £480,000 to restore Bletchley Park to its former glory. The money means the site now qualifies for lottery funding needed to full refurbish the GCHQs spiritual home.

An apprenticeship scheme is also being launched by MI5 and MI6, giving school and university leavers two year placements.