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Batelco Cisco Academy builds networking skills for staff and citizens

Sixteen students complete six month Cisco CCNA networking certification at Batelco headquarters

The first batch of students at Batelco's Cisco Academy have completed their six-month CCNA course, the Bahrain telecom announced yesterday.

The students - twelve Batelco staff members and four unemployed Bahraini women who were nominated by the Ministry of Labour and sponsored by Batelco - were all reported to have passed the networking certification with high marks.

The Cisco CCNA certification trains the user to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot mid-sized networks, and includes elements of security, WAN and wireless networking.

Shaikh Ahmed Al Khalifa, Batelco Group general manager human resources commented: "We are very proud of this achievement and also delighted to be helping young Bahrainis to attain their career goals by offering scholarships."

The Cisco Academy was opened last year in a joint venture between Batelco, Cisco and the Bahrain Training Institute to help develop a qualified workforce to support Bahrain's IT and telecommunications industry.

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