Manchester: NCF Cyber Board Work Experience In person event

This event is for: Year 12 and 13, college and gap year students interested in a career in Cyber with the National Cyber Force and looking at Early Careers programmes.

Please read the information on Cyber roles below and be aware that GCHQ are running events in February, focused on the role of an Analyst and in October, focused the role of a Software Engineer.- apply for the event that best matches your interests and skills.


Albert Square Manchester M60 2WN

By joining this Work Experience Day, you’ll learn about the National Cyber Force (NCF) – a Partnership between Defence & Intelligence – and its role in helping to keep cyberspace, and our country safe. This includes carrying out responsible cyber operations to help prevent threats from other countries, and disrupting terrorists and serious criminals.

At this event you will:

·       Learn about the National Cyber Force: Gain insights into the National Cyber Force and their Partner Organisations (GCHQ, Ministry of Defence, Secret Intelligence Service and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) and our commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace.

·       Play our Cyber Board Game: Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of our Cyber Board Game. Test your skills as a cyber agent and learn how cyber operations are carried out.

·       Explore Early Career Opportunities: Discover the varied Early Careers opportunities available within our Partner Organisations.

·       Learn about Vetting: Learn about the Developed Vetting process which all individuals working for NCF and our Partner Organisations must go through.

For more career information on becoming an engineer visit: Cyber | GCHQ Careers (

Find out more about GCHQ on their Company Page.


  • Introduction to NCF and their partner organisations
  • Interactive Cyber Board Game
  • Explore Early Careers Opportunities
  • Learn about Vetting
  • Wrap up & close with an opportunity for Q&A 

Next steps

  • Register for this in-person event using your Uptree account. If you do not have an Uptree account, register here.
  • There are only 30 spaces available for this event
  • Prioritisation will begin two weeks before the event: successful applicants will receive an invitation 1-2 weeks before the event. If you register after this time, you might not receive a response.

Any questions, please do contact us:

Fine print

Due to the regulations and security measures at GCHQ, anyone interested in attending an event with the organisation must be a British citizen. Photographic identification will be checked on the day of the event by a member of GCHQ staff. Uptree will also need to send your date of birth ahead of you attending the event. This information will be sent securely and only used for this event.

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Please make a note of the office location above before applying.

This is an in-person event and will be hosted at the company's offices. All venues are covid-safe and meet government guidelines of health and safety. If you are allocated a place, you will be sent the company's safety guidelines a week in advance, eg. if masks are to be worn. You will be expected to follow any guidance from the company on the day.

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Please note that due to online safeguarding policies and to protect all students’ privacy, pictures and screenshots are not allowed to be taken during the session. If you would like to post about your experience on LinkedIn or other social channels, we will be sharing photos from the event in a follow-up email and you are more than welcome to use and share these.

Here is the link to our Privacy Policy where you can remind yourself how we collect and process your data.


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