Cisco program to grow local engineering skills

Cisco program will train and recruit local engineers to build consulting base in region

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By  Mark Sutton Published  November 20, 2007

Cisco has announced a new program that aims to train and recruit network engineers for emerging markets.

The Global Talent Acceleration Program will target recent graduates and professionals with some previous experience with Cisco, and train them for network consulting engineer level positions with the company.

The initial program for the Middle East region will have Cisco Learning Solutions Partners, Synergy and Fast Lane providing training in Amman for students from the GCC, Levant and North Africa. Students will receive theory and practical instruction as part of the intensive course, which will be hosted by another Cisco strategic partner, Estarta Solutions.

Wim Elfrink, Cisco's chief globalization officer said at the launch: "Cisco is growing rapidly in emerging countries, and we have witnessed that the demand for technical talent has undoubtedly exceeded supply.

"The launch of the Global Talent Acceleration Program in Jordan furthers our commitment to support governments in addressing the shortfall and in turn drive economic growth by training and recruiting local workers and reducing dependency on external hiring. We will work closely with local governments to nurture talent and bridge the gap between supply and demand, as we believe local or near-shore employees are best suited to understand and address the business requirements of their native regions," he added.

Sam Alkharrat, managing director for Cisco, Gulf & Pakistan, commented: "We see ourselves as a responsible and long-term partner to businesses and communities in the region, and the new initiative marks a significant step forward in Cisco's service-delivery capability. With the availability of local skilled staff, Cisco will be able to provide its customers and partners with improved direct support. Furthermore, local network professionals will help meet regulatory targets and reduce the costs previously incurred in flying in global talent into the region."

The launch ceremony, which was held in Amman, was attended by H.E. Basem Rousan, Jordan's minister of information and communications technology and by David Hale, U.S. ambassador to Jordan.

3777 days ago
Mageda El-Moubarak

I'm in Princess Sumaya University of Technology in Amman Jordan a specialized IT University studying Communication Engineering. I have enjoyed reading this article because it touches a key issue of training local students to address local/regional CISCO needs which shows the interest of CISCO company in the local market. I wish that all of the major IT companies make such attempts too.

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