This blog delivers news, insights and stories from inside Cisco Networking Academies in Europe and their impact – these are the voices of engaged students, educators, enablers, promoters  and stakeholders active in European Networking Academies.

Networking Academies throughout Europe deliver a comprehensive, 21st century learning experience to help students develop the foundational ICT skills needed to design, build, and manage networks, along with career skills such as problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. Students complete hands-on learning activities and network simulations to develop practical skills that will help them fill a growing need for networking professionals around the world.

The Cisco Networking Academy uses a public-private partnership model to create the “world’s largest classroom.” Cisco partners with educational institutions, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, governments, and community centers that provide classroom space, computer lab equipment, and qualified instructors. Cisco provides online curricula, teacher training, and professional development for instructors.

Digital Skills Gap

The growth of networks has created a shortage of people, who are qualified to build, design, and maintain, the infrastructure needed to communicate, do business, and when critical human needs require it, save lives.  Networking Academies help their students prepare for employment in ICT jobs.

Business Review Europe
Cisco helps to create Europe’s IT workforce of the future Sheree Hanna
More than 150 education representatives from 35 European countries gathered at Cisco’s headquarters in London to discuss the challenges faced in encouraging the uptake of IT education within young people across the continent.
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Computer Weekly
Cisco forms curriculum in support of EU’s mission to close skills gap Kayleigh Bateman
Cisco has pledged to form a curriculum for the next generation of smart grid electrical installers, to support the European Commission’s (EC) mission to address the IT skills gap across the region.
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