GCHQ has launched the Cyber Insiders Summer School aimed at improving the knowledge of university students studying computer science.
The course will offer first and second year students the opportunity to participate in a cyber training programme in Cheltenham from 6 July to 11 September.
GCHQ described the summer school as a way to recruit skilled computer scientists to protect the UK from cyber crime, terrorism and other threats fuelled by digital technology.
Experts from GCHQ will provide targeted learning relating to cutting-edge and legacy technology, and will be joined by guest speakers from the technology industry.
GCHQ said that the 10-week course will give students an "exciting insight into the latest cyber technologies".
The programme is expected to teach skills in areas including cyber security, ethical hacking, penetration testing and security networks, along with learning about GCHQ's role in defending the UK against cyber threats.
Cumulating in a live exercise where the students will have to put their new skills into action, the Cyber Insiders Summer School will present those who successfully complete the programme with a certificate.
A GCHQ spokesman said that the certificate and skills should bolster the participants' employment prospects.
"The unique Cyber Insiders Summer School offers computer science students a fantastic opportunity to enhance their cyber skills and discover how GCHQ uses a variety of technologies to protect the UK," he said.
"They'll enhance their cyber knowledge, and completing the programme will look good on their CV. If they prove their abilities, we may even offer them a job interview."
Students will have to qualify for a place and will need advanced coding skills. GCHQ wants students to demonstrate how they can work independently and as a team, along with displaying an aptitude for solving complex problems.
These demands will be rewarded with a payment of £2,500 for attending the school and accommodation in the Cheltenham area for the duration of the programme.
V3 contacted GCHQ for more information, but the organisation has yet to respond.
GCHQ appears to be looking to improve the UK's defences against cyber threats, but faced criticism recently for its unlawful approach to mass online surveillance.
GCHQ is a sponsor of the Cyber Security Challenge UK, which staged a simulated cyber attack on the BT Tower to help find some of the UK's most skilled hobby-hackers.
Using a practical rather than academic approach is becoming a popular way for organisations to identify talent.
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