GCHQ Wants Graduates to Give Spying a Shot Before Becoming Bankers and App Developers

By Gary Cutlack on at

The UK's security service is considering poaching top tech graduates by promising them they can work on their own projects within GCHQ, letting entrepreneurs test working for the government without committing to becoming a lifelong email-tapper.

The system appears to be copying the Teach First programme, where graduates are encouraged to spend a few years teaching before they leg it to the nearest comfy corporate position or quit to start their own IT businesses. The hope being the security services might benefit from having the best tech minds working with them for a few years at least, before they run off to become billionaire inventors of fruit-matching and anonymous sex apps. [Independent]