Cisco launches initiative to help everyone in the UK develop digital skills

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Digital opportunity for everyone. For individuals, communities and organisations across the UK. As part of its commitment to support digitisation in the UK, Cisco has today announced initiatives to help everyone in the UK develop their digital skills. In doing so, the company is pledging to help train a further 250,000 people in the UK by 2020.

Underpinned by the Cisco Networking Academy, which celebrates its 20th year and over 240,000 students in the UK, Cisco will work with education, government, industry and communities, in an effort to skill or retrain individuals from across the UK and develop the next generation of talent required for the digital economy to thrive. 

“The future competitiveness of the UK will be determined by our commitment as a nation and as employers, to ensure that we have the skills required for a thriving digital economy. The education system alone cannot be expected to keep up with the increasing skills gap, but if we as technology leaders and future employers partner with government and education to address the opportunity now, we can ensure that the UK cements its place as a digital leader.” said Scot Gardner, Chief Executive of Cisco UK & Ireland.

He added “The commitment that we make today is based on our belief that everyone should have access to the right training, when they need it.”

Today’s announcement from Cisco is part of its ongoing collaboration with the UK government and the Digital Skills Partnership. The government-led partnership brings together technology companies, local businesses, local government, charities and other organisations to share knowledge and best practices, to ensure the UK can close the digital skills gap.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said: “I’m delighted that Cisco will provide free training for 250,000 people as part of the Digital Skills Partnership. This is in addition to the 200,000 people they have already helped in UK through their Networking Academy.

“As part of our Digital Strategy the partnership with industry is helping to strengthen our world-leading digital sectors right across the country to ensure growth in every region.”

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