Cisco Networking Academy is our global CSR education program that teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world. Networking Academy provides online e-learning courses, interactive tools, and hands-on learning activities to help individuals prepare for ICT and networking careers in virtually every type of industry.
Since 1997, Networking Academy has grown from a small-scale program designed to help schools get the most out of their networking equipment to Cisco’s largest corporate social responsibility program, with courses taught at more than 9000 academies in 165 countries. More than 1,200,000 students develop ICT skills through the program each year. In South Africa we have over 60 Academies and have trained over 21,000 in advanced ICT skills.
We believe that our partnership with Vodacom in the Vodacom Mobile Education initiative, will bring to communities advanced ICT skills development, which many would normally not be able to afford and/or access. This is a true partnership which will positive impact on the lives of our children, our communities and our country as a whole.
21 October 2015 - On Wednesday 14 October, 72 youth from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga received their Vodacom ICT Youth Academy certificates at a festive graduation ceremony that took place at Vodaworld in Midrand. Over the next few weeks similar ceremonies will be hosted in the other six provinces.
2 September 2014 - With a tour of graduation and induction ceremonies across the country, the second year of the Youth Skills Academy is officially being kicked off. The ceremonies are hosted in the Vodacom Teacher Centres
1 July 2014 - Vodacom and partners are happy to announce 135 young people will be recruited to participate in this year's Youth Skills Development Programme. This Programme stimulates skills development, entrepreneurship and job creation within the local ICT sector.
10 February 2014 - The first group of youth participating in the Cisco IT Essentials course at the Worcester centre graduated with high marks. After having completed the course in half the time, the graduates are now certified Level 1 IT technicians.
16 October 2013 - In a number of ICT Resource Centres around the country the youth instructors from the Youth Skills Development Programme are taking their knowledge forward and have begun providing instruction in high-end computer skills to local youth.
18 September 2013 – Youth instructors from the nine Vodacom ICT Resource Centres are taking part in a skills training course with the aim of equipping them to upskill other youth.
4 June 2013 - The Upington ICT Resource Centre welcomes new trainers Alastair Rabie and Deidre-Ann Nicola Jansen, both graduates of the Cisco IT Essentials and Instructor Training.