1 Million New Members of Africa’s Digital Workforce and Expanding Support for SMBs to be trained by Cisco
- June 11, 2019
- Posted by: Lead Contributor
- Category: News
The main headline at the recent Cisco Connect conference which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa is Cisco’s outlined commitment to supporting the digitization of Africa’s communities, businesses, and governments through several initiatives for skills and talent development, innovation and job creation.
During his speech, the general manager for Cisco Sub-Saharan Africa Clayton Naidoo said; “We are living in a world that is changing faster than ever imagined. We are inspired by the prospect of an economy with abundant jobs, a place where entrepreneurs can thrive. Our goal is to enable small and medium businesses to accelerate their growth by helping them access our world-class technology,”
The world leader in IT, networking, and cybersecurity solutions also announced plans to launch a Repair Partner program. The goal is for Cisco to work with selected distributors who will fix and restore Cisco hardware and make high quality, refurbished technology accessible, especially for small and medium-sized organizations, and this will contribute to job creation, skills development, fighting inferior products and growing its sales.
Furthermore, Cisco plans for the centres to carry out testing, quality engineering, fulfilment, process management and procurement, as well as inventory control, serving customers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“Our goal is to create value through ‘glocal’ manufacturing and channel models. By glocal, we mean utilizing global manufacturing practices with local execution,” Clayton Naidoo added.
A part of Cisco’s vision is to to bring about technology enables inclusion and opportunities for people, and for more than 20 years, Cisco has invested in educating and upskilling students, graduates and unemployed youth through its Networking Academy (NetAcad). Since its inception in 1998, NetAcad has provided students hands-on digital skills to prepare them for careers in the digital economy, and close to 700,000 students participated in NetAcad courses throughout the African continent.
Cisco’s goal is to train a total of 1 million additional students by 2025 in Africa. During the next three years, Cisco will concentrate on training students, and the goal will be achieved by reskilling initiatives for existing workforce and job seekers, based on content from Cisco NetAcad.
Late last year, Cisco opened its first Cisco EDGE Incubation Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. Since then, it has continued to expand the tentacles of EDGEacross Africa, by opening incubation centres in Dube Trade Port, KZN and the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
Cisco has made plans to establish similar centres in Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria in the coming months. There are also plans to add new centres even in South Africa, including the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.
The Acronym EDGE stands for Experience, Design, GTM (Go to Market) and Earn. The long term objective is to share business knowledge, help develop small and medium businesses in the digital age, speed up their entry to market and, as a result, create new jobs for the local economy.
EDGE Centre supports small and medium businesses with state-of-the-art Cisco communication and collaboration technology; it’s also for training and enablement programs such as smart ports, IoT in agriculture and smart cities, among others. The centres will also work as centres to connect SMBs to global Cisco experts.
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