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CDA Skills


Cisco have launched a skills manifesto which is focused on digital opportunities for everyone. By 2020, we are committing to help improve the digital skills of a quarter of a million more people in the UK.

Libraries - Make your community digital

We believe in digital opportunities for everyone. For individuals, communities and organisations across the UK.

Cisco are teaming up with Libraries to make available free, self paced online courses which are part of the Networking Academy Portfolio. These courses are available to all Libraries and will provide citizens access to a range of topics, starting with the basics of getting online to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cybersecurity. Courses require minimal intervention from Library staff. Enrolment is simple, it takes just 5 easy steps.

In line with the UK’s Digital skills strategy we see Libraries as the heart of the community.

  • With almost 90% of all jobs already requiring some level of digital skills, we are committed to improving digital inclusion, making Libraries the ‘go-to’ provider of digital access, training and support.
  • According to a study released by the British Chambers of Commerce ‘Three in four UK businesses have reported a digital skills shortage among their employees’. Our courses give citizens the confidence to access online resources proficiently as well as a first step into the IT Profession for anyone seeking a change.

Digital skills is a journey, our courses guide students from the very basic digital literacy skills, to more advance learnings. Find out more information about the initiative here.

Students who complete our courses may wish to further their education. Institutes teaching our Career-ready courses can be located using our Academy Locater tool.

Any Library can join and become a Cisco Networking Academy. You can register here. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at Netacad‑in‑libraries@cisco.com.


Computing for Schools

Computing for Schools – Computing skills programme aligned to the National Computing Curriculum.

The UK Government has recently introduced a new Computing curriculum for schools. Computing At School (CAS) has developed their own progressions pathway which is made up of seven topical strands and aligned to the National Computing curriculum. We have partnered with a team of teachers and University academics to deliver on the Networking and Communication strand.

As tech leaders, with over 20 years experience running Cisco Networking Academy, we understands first hand the networking skills the next generation will need to succeed. Coupled with our insight and expertise from leaders in the field we have prepared a course to make sure teachers are better equipped to deliver the curriculum to their classes.

With students itching to get their latest device hooked up to their home network, there has never been a more important time to teach networking fundamentals. Our courses content is openly available on the OpenLearn Create site.

Cisco’s best kept secret – Packet Tracer. A fantastic network simulation and visualisation tool that simplifies the complexities of networking by helping pupils explore, discover and troubleshoot a variety of network environments.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at netacad-c4s@cisco.com


Become a Academy

To access Packet Tracer schools will need to register as a Cisco Academy. By registering, you will also have access to course content, extra learning material/activities and access to CPD such as PythonC++CCybersecurity and Linux


Digital skills training

It’s an exciting time in the digital world, and we’re really proud to be extending our digital skills training to police forces