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May 11, 2020

Today Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet is delighted to announce it has received affiliate status as an approved Cisco Networking Academy and joins a global community of like-minded educators across 180 countries.

Cisco Networking Academy, one of Cisco’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, is an ICT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide, aiming at transforming the lives of learners, educators, and communities through the power of education and career opportunities. Networking Academy offers courses that cater to different experiences and skill levels. Since its launch in 1997, the programme has provided to over 11 million students, best-in-class courses and tools and industry-recognized certifications so that students can have greater confidence in their skills and employability. The course portfolio includes self-paced courses designed to be taken at any point in the learner’s career journey.

Una Fitzpatrick, Director, Technology Ireland commented

“Initiatives like this are very welcome to feed the talent pipeline in the technology
sector.”

Dave Feenan, Network Manager, Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet says

“Technology is truly powerful when you combine it with education. Our aim is to
build a pathway to help with the transformation of the Irish workforce and also a
bridge to create employment opportunities especially in the current climate.”

Technology is changing the world by connecting billions of devices and improving how we live, work, play and treat our planet. No industry is immune anymore. Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet can now offer eight programmes completely free of charge and covering topical areas like cybersecurity, networking, internet of things to name a few.

The eight programmes are aimed at (a) existing information technology professionals wishing to upskill (b) those migrating from associated disciplines and (c) those currently job- seeking and interested in pursuing a career in the technology field.

Nuno Guarda, Head of Corporate Affairs UK & Ireland, Cisco Networking Academy says

“I am very excited with the opportunity to work with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet as part of Networking Academy. We understand how talent and skills are increasingly important in today’s fast paced digital economy, and believe NetAcad’s portfolio of courses and delivery flexibility can benefit Ireland’s workforce.”

As the world changes all around us, acquiring technical skills will create opportunity. Education is where it all begins. Are You Ready? Find out more at our website.

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