Cisco launches IT Skills Apprenticeship in the UK

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Cisco, one of our hiring partners at The IT Job Board, recently announced some exciting news; the computing giant has set up a new apprenticeship scheme in the UK.

Ian Foddering, chief technology officer at Cisco UK explained that: “Our TechWatch report showed that recruitment and skills development is the priority for 46 per cent of large companies in the year ahead, up from just 20 per cent in 2011. Companies are finding it hard to recruit IT staff.”

In order to tackle the growing skills gap in the IT industry, Cisco has launched a new apprenticeship scheme on the 21st of March. The initiative aims to prepare candidates for a career in IT networking by improving participants’ skill sets and providing them with the ability to manage and optimise network systems. The programme will come on top of Cisco’s existing apprenticeship scheme, which has 18 participants. The participating trainees will receive Cisco network associate accreditation upon completion of the training.

The apprenticeship scheme will consist of a 1-Year Level 3 advanced programme, for which candidates will receive Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications.  There will also be a 2-Year Level 4 higher programme, for which trainees can expect to receive Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certifications.

According to Cisco, It is predicted that IT networking will be one of the fastest-growing careers in the UK, with more than 500,000 new entrants expected over the next five years. Apprenticeships are an effective way of developing such needed skills, by advancing the talent of both current IT staff and new IT recruits. The apprenticeship scheme is being run in conjunction with Pearson and the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

“Recognising and developing talent in sectors such as IT is vital to stimulating economic growth. The National Apprenticeship Service has worked with Cisco to develop the validated advanced and higher Apprenticeship programme and we want to work with other innovative employers to explore the full range of opportunities to secure the future of the IT workforce,” said Vic Grimes (Divisional Apprenticeship Director, London & SE, for NAS).

He added: “Apprenticeships are a great way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining industry recognised qualifications and setting them on the road to success. For employers, hiring apprentices is a way of attracting new talent and developing a motivated, skilled and diverse workforce.’

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