Cisco Networking Academy Expands Skills for All Offering with Entry-Level Certification for Cybersecurity Learning Path


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Click on. Faucet. Swipe. Scroll. To learn. When Cisco Networking Academy spear Skills for All In July 2021, we transformed the global learning landscape with our free, mobile-focused Skills to Work program. We promised learners around the world to meet them where they are in their learning journey. Equipped with an internet connection and access to a mobile phone, anyone, anywhere has the power to transform their future through education.

Since the beginnings of Skills for all, more than 200,000 enterprising people from Azerbaijan to Uruguay, Cameroon to Canada – and everywhere in between – have joined our learning community and progressed through our premier cybersecurity learning journey. Through the online platform, learners follow expert-designed courses, gain knowledge and develop in-demand skills to advance their education and prepare for jobs.

Skills for All with Cisco Networking Academy offers learners around the world a pathway to careers in technology. Designed for learner success, Skills for All offers free, quality, self-paced online learning aligned with industry jobs and connects learners to high-demand entry-level IT jobs, industry certifications and valuable career resources..

Today, Cisco Networking Academy takes another bold step forward in fulfilling its mission of empowering all people with career opportunities. We are investing more in our cybersecurity skills-for-all learning journey by aligning with the new Certificate Information Technology (IT) Specialist Certification in Cybersecurity. Developed with Cisco expertise and Certiport’s leadership in certification development, learners can earn the certification and signal their readiness for roles such as Cybersecurity Technician, Junior Cybersecurity Analyst, and Technical Support.

Our cybersecurity learning path is available at with courses, labs, simulations and practice tests that prepare learners for the certification exam issued by Certiport. Prepared learners can tap into Cisco’s Talent Bridge and take advantage of our job matching engine that features job opportunities from over 725 employer partners in 70 countries.

Cybersecurity certification deepens Cisco’s commitment to building an inclusive future for everyone, regardless of race, gender, origin, location, or circumstance. The investment also bridges the growing gap between people looking for meaningful work and employers desperate to fill critical jobs in in-demand fields. Cybersecurity certification squarely addresses a need to prepare workers with cybersecurity skills at a time when cyber threats are at an all-time high. In just three years, the tech industry predicts that 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will remain unfilled as cyber threats continue unabated, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

Ray Murray, vice president and general manager of Pearson VUE, which operates Certiport, shares the value of certification. “According to our 2020 Value of Certification study, 66% of hiring managers agree that certified candidates have a better chance of being interviewed for a position. IT specialist certification helps candidates get their foot in the door and be productive in their future IT careers. We are excited to work with Cisco and proud to support their mission to create a more inclusive future.”

Digital badges and skills-for-all programs aligned with qualifications are already transforming career opportunities for students. Ninety percent of users say that taking courses on Skills for All has helped them achieve their goals. For Ngozika Onuzulik in Nigeria, he sees a measurable improvement in his computer skills thanks to Skills for All. He says, “It made my applications more visible and I got more invitations from employers.”

Skills for all also enriches Cisco Networking Academy, which for 24 years has provided a gateway to career opportunities for 15.1 million people in 180 countries. It also creates new opportunities for our 12,000 academies and over 29,000 instructors who can now use Skills for All self-paced courses to attract new students to their academic institutions and better engage today’s digital natives. today. Skills for All also enables instructors to enhance their online course offerings with out-of-the-box engaging content including videos, gamification, and more. Additionally, Skills for All courses create a pipeline to other certification-aligned courses they already teach.

It’s easy for any learner to jump into Skills for All and open the door to a successful career in information technology. Potential learners who are ready should, create an account and start their learning journey. With Skills for All, learners decide when, how and where to start. They just have to click.

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