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Spy Kids: UK starts secret agent apprenticeships

LONDON (AP) — How’s this for a job title — secret agent’s apprentice?

The British government is recruiting apprentice spies and codebreakers without university degrees in a bid to deepen the talent pool of its intelligence services.

Foreign Secretary William Hague will announce details Thursday in a speech at Bletchley Park, Britain’s World War II code-breaking headquarters.

The Foreign Office says the apprenticeship program aims to find up to 100 new recruits for GCHQ — Britain’s electronic surveillance agency — and the MI5 and MI6 and intelligence services.

The program will be open to bright youngsters with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and even computer gaming.

Hague will also back plans to preserve Bletchley Park, where hundreds of mathematicians, cryptologists and computer pioneers worked to crack Nazi Germany’s secret codes.
 

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