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Cisco bids to thwart networking skills crisis

Vendor concerned that Gulf talent pool is too small to support market

Cisco bids to thwart networking skills crisis
Cisco is increasing the availability of its training courses in the region as it attempts to address a potential deficit in networking skills.

Cisco has launched a new training programme and testing facilities as part of efforts to thwart the prospect of a high-scale deficit in Gulf-based networking experts over the next two years.

Research carried out by the technology giant indicates there is currently a 100,000-person gap between present employment levels and the number of networking professionals the region is projected to need by 2012.

The company is bidding to address the issue with a series of new initiatives, including the local introduction of its 360 Learning Programme for CCIE routing and switching, as well as mobile testing facilities to assist those pursuing CCIE certifications.

The Cisco 360 Learning Programme for CCIE routing and switching aims to teach networking professionals the skills they will need to manage sophisticated networks and solve configuration and troubleshooting scenarios.

"As the network becomes the communication platform for all industries, there is an increasing demand for expert engineers who can accurately and quickly anticipate, diagnose and resolve complex network issues," said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, VP and general manager of Learning@Cisco.

Cisco's push to nurture more local talent will be supported by its Authorised Learning Solutions Partners in the region, including Fast Lane, Global Knowledge and AcademyTech. They will offer a complete range of Cisco training and certification preparation courses in more than 40 training centres across 31 cities throughout the region.

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