Cisco launches 10-year plan to train 25 million people in IT skills

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As Cisco celebrates the 25e anniversary of Cisco Networking Academy, the vendor announced two new certifications and a plan to provide networking, cybersecurity and general IT training to 25 million people over the next 10 years.

Training will be delivered through the company’s networking academy, a computer skills program that offers computer courses, learning simulators and hands-on learning opportunities, supporting instructors and learners in 190 countries.

To date, Cisco says more than 17.5 million learners worldwide have taken Cisco Networking Academy courses to build IT skills, with 95% of students attributing their job or post-training opportunity to the Cisco Networking Academy.

Research has shown that more than 85 million jobs could remain vacant by 2030 because there are not enough qualified people to fill them, while simultaneously 97 million new jobs will be created by 2025 through advances in technology and automation.

Along with the commitment to equip 25 million people with diverse digital skills, Cisco Networking Academy also launched two new certification programs. The first is a cybersecurity learning path, designed to provide candidates who complete the course with entry-level certification and the skills needed to place them in entry-level security roles.

Additionally, the academy’s new free, mobile program, Skills for All, offers students self-paced lessons, interactive tools, and professional resources, all designed by industry experts.

The new certification programs join a wide range of certifications, including the foundational Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certificate.

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