As part of its ongoing co-operation with the UK government and the Digital Skills Partnership, Cisco has launched new initiatives to help people develop their digital skills. The initiative is supported by the Cisco Networking Academy, which has already helped over 200,000 students in the UK.
Through its commitment to digital skills, Cisco will work with education, government, industry and communities to skill or retrain people across the UK to develop the next generation of talent for the digital economy. The company is pledging to provide free digital skills training for an additional 250,000 people by 2020.
To deliver on this pledge, Cisco is launching two initiatives. It has partnered with the Open University to launch a ‘Computing for Schools’ programme. This will provide UK teachers with training and resources to help them deliver the computing curriculum. The programme has been developed in partnership with Birmingham City University and provides the tools to support computing and digital skills development across all key stages.
The second initiative will see Cisco digital skills training in libraries across the UK, starting in Manchester. All 22 public libraries in the city, including the Central Library, will provide residents with free access to digital skills courses. These will range from the basic of getting online, to cyber security and an introduction to Internet of Things (IoT). This programme will be rolled out to other cities in early-2018.
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