The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - Su­san Stephen­son, Con­tent Ed­i­tor

Dear Reader

Re­cently I had the priv­i­lege to be in­vited be­hind the scenes at GCHQ Scar­bor­ough, where ex­perts are work­ing 24/7 to keep the UK pop­u­la­tion safe from threats such as ter­ror­ism and cy­ber at­tacks. The ex­pe­ri­ence was fas­ci­nat­ing and gave a real in­sight into the sig­nif­i­cance of the sta­tion and the amaz­ing work be­ing done there by its staff. For the pur­poses of this week’s fea­ture, on pages 12 and 13, I de­cided to fo­cus on the role of women as I knew that the base had ac­tively been try­ing to re­cruit more fe­males. This is no re­flec­tion on the abil­i­ties of men, or women for that mat­ter, who equally make an in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to our na­tional se­cu­rity. How­ever, it was in­ter­est­ing to hear that due to var­i­ous rea­sons, women are un­der-rep­re­sented in the work­force. Whether it is the is­sue of girls not choos­ing sci­ence sub­jects, or the fact that peo­ple think their qual­i­fi­ca­tions may be un­suit­able, the or­gan­i­sa­tion is work­ing to break down bar­ri­ers.

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