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National Digital Exploitation Centre.

The National Digital Exploitation Centre, or NDEC, is a co-funded and co-developed project between Thales and the Welsh Government. NDEC will offer training in digital practices, cyber security and research. The centre will recruit talented staff to run this centre which will train local businesses and people in digital skills and will become a real hub of technological advancement.

As well as providing a vital facility for Welsh SMEs and academic research, the NDEC will also root technology giant Thales firmly in the South Wales valleys.

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What is NDEC?

A cornerstone of Thales’s cyber security capability in the UK, NDEC aims to position the Ebbw Vale region to capitalise on the global opportunities of digital transformation, prepare the region for the range of large infrastructure, transportation and energy projects in the next 10 years and equip regional and local businesses to compete for, and win, work-share on large regional projects. NDEC also aims to stimulate and create local employment around technology and create a model of direct employment, benefitting the people and the area.

What does NDEC consist of?

The NDEC, located in Blaenau Gwent will be delivered by Thales with vital input from the University of South Wales. The NDEC will be physically designed as one facility that consists of 4 discrete components:

An Applied Digital Trust Environment.

Provides a capability in which to design, develop and integrate products, systems and services, supporting regional business growth.

A Project Zone.

Provides a well-equipped and secure environment, collocated with the capabilities in the Digital Trust Environment, from which to deliver technology programmes. This faculty will be chargeable per user.

A Digital Education Centre (led by University of South Wales)

Delivering both training and education to develop the necessary awareness, skills and capabilities to allow individuals, schools and small businesses to thrive in a digital economy. School and adult learning, promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects in local schools, support small local businesses will also feature.

An Advanced Cyber Institute.

Seeking to secure external funding to conduct research in cyber technologies and security for SNI and the wider industry. This institute will provide an environment that stimulates new ideas, generates IP and facilitates the transfer of concepts from academia to deliverable products and services in the industry.

Career opportunities

Careers at NDEC are fulfilling, challenging and inspiring, bringing great minds together to solve problems, construct solutions and grow together. See which positions we have open:

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The centre will help ensure that Wales exploits the global opportunities of digital transformation, provide a base for ground breaking research and will equip businesses of all shapes and sizes with the skills and knowledge they need to win a greater share of large regional and national projects.

I am confident that through our partnership with Thales and the University of South Wales we will work to stimulate and create employment in high value technology businesses - an ambition that is right at the heart of our Tech Valleys project.

Ken Skates AM Minister for Economy and Transport

As well as providing a vital facility for Welsh SMEs and academic research, the NDEC will also root technology giant Thales firmly in the South Wales valleys.

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