Like many other companies during lockdown, Cisco has been offering free courses and services for those wanting to upskill themselves, but restricted to working or studying from home as a result of COVID-19.

The company’s latest free lockdown initiative focuses specifically on students and citizens  on the African continent, with training being made available for ICT skills development courses.

“In an effort to ensure the continuity of education and to help empower people for jobs of the future, Cisco is making available free training on ICT skills courses to students and citizens across the African continent. All students who successfully complete the courses will receive a certificate from Cisco,” the firm explained in a press release sent to Hypertext.

“In the wake of multiple governments’ response to the impact of COVID-19, calling for the shutdown of educational institutions, Cisco wanted to provide everyone the opportunity to carry on learning and take advantage of the time during lockdown,” it adds.

As for the courses being freely offered, Cisco says the cover a number of areas including cybersecurity, IoT and entrepreneurship.

The specific courses on offer are:

“Who better than Cisco to facilitate the continuity of education for all through remote learning? We have the infrastructure to make distance learning possible. From the technologies to connect, communicate, and engage, to the network infrastructure to support millions of students learning online and even the provision of security on our products and solutions, we are best positioned to enable this,” notes Garsen Naidu, country manager for Cisco South Africa.

With a Cisco certified course certainly being something to help bolster any CV, those interested in adding to their skillset should definitely look into this offer.

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