Intelligence services looking to recruit more female spies with Mumsnet adverts

MI6 recruiting spies from Mumsnet and launches cyber-security apprenticeship

The British Intelligence service has launched a recruitment drive for intelligence officers on Mumsnet and is also looking for computer specialists to join its new higher apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship in IT, software, internet and telecoms is a two-year foundation degree scheme run by GCHQ at its Cheltenham HQ with an optional third year to obtain a full degree.

The service is also advertising for intelligence officers on parenting website Mumsnet after it was urged by MPs in March to recruit a new generation of female spies.

The website's chief executive Justine Roberts said MI6 had first put an advert on the site in May which had more applications than any other job advertised on the website.

"Being MI6 they didn't tell us whether they successfully hired from us, but they have put up three more ads so you imagine they got a good response," she said.

The new adverts, which are only open to British citizens aged 21 and over, warns: "You should not discuss your application with anyone other than your partner or a close family member. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion."

In March, MPs said although women were entering intelligence roles in increasing numbers, they were still being held back in their careers by "the permafrost" of a traditional male middle-management culture.

Former Labour minister Hazel Blears advocated a 24-hour childcare system for women officers who needed to be sent abroad on missions at short notice.

The new cyber expert apprenticeship scheme is aimed at young people interested in technology and coding and will feature a mix of classroom-based learning and practical experience.

They will work in GCHQ alongside MI5 and MI6 to bolster the UK government’s computer operations in tackling terrorism, organised crime and cyber threats. Applications close on 9 November.

The search for candidates arrives just after the release of new James Bond film ‘Spectre’, which hit the big screen last week.

E&T Magazine has celebrated the launch of the 24th film in the franchise by taking a look back at the stunts and gadgets featured throughout the series, as well as the realities behind the villain’s lairs and their evil plans.

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