London, Oct. 18 (ANI): Young apprentices are to be hired by UK's security and intelligence agencies for the first time in a bid to attract the next generation of espionage experts.
An apprenticeship scheme for trainee spies has been launched for MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, which would offer school leavers a two-year placement with the three secret agencies in the UK, after they learn about some of the most advanced technology and work on tackling terrorism, cyber threats, counter espionage and organised crime.
"Apprentices with Intelligence dispels the myth that apprenticeships are for low paid or manual work and that a career in the Intelligence Services is the preserve of privately-educated men," the Telegraph quoted a spokesman for GCHQ, as saying.
"Our apprenticeships are a genuine alternative to university in a leading-edge technology environment that will open up multiple career paths. Candidates won't just be working with the very latest technology, they will be involved in creating it," the spokesman added.
Through the programme, the recruiters are hoping to encourage teenagers to join the services at an early age rather than going to university, which has traditionally been the main recruiting ground.
It is also aimed at dispelling the myth that only those from the elite classes joined the secret service, the paper said. (ANI)