Scotland Women in Technology (SWiT) has become a Cisco Networking Academy, offering free courses to their network across Scotland.
Cisco Networking Academies offer training and resources backed by US technology giant, Cisco. The tech giant has been championing the Networking Academy for over 20 years and have trained over 8 million students.
In total, the Net Academy programme has been made accessible across 180 countries and offers technology courses through a variety of accredited partners.
“Partnering with Cisco to become a Cisco Academy provides us with the chance to share user friendly online technology courses, which are free, provide certification on completion and can be accessed 24/7 by our members and the wider community,” the charity stated.
By becoming a Net Academy, SWiT aims to help people across Scotland access free training courses and empower them to make career choices or changes.
SWiT offers additional support events in parallel with the training. These will help its students build the confidence to take theory and turn in into practice.
The charity recently ran sessions on optimising CVs and developing a growth mindset to support those having difficulty finding jobs. The courses include entrepreneurship, introduction to cyber security and programming.
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In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, SWiT wants to create opportunities which are open and accessible to all. The Scottish education and employment sector has been hard hit by recent events and the Net Academy is designed to create pathways to certifications and open doors to alternative careers.
SWiT pointed to a recent report that pointed out that, despite women accounting for over half of all students enrolled in higher education, they were underrepresented in computer science and engineering and technology.
Chair of SWiT Lynsey Campbell said: “By developing this partnership with Cisco Networking Academy, we are able to offer a great range of technology training and enablement resources to a wider audience
“In Scotland, now more than ever, the country needs to respond to a growing need for retraining and upskilling. We are proud to be part of that response with a targeted approach supporting women of all ages to join us and build a community of learning. Together we can really make an impact on equal representation in the technology sector for Scotland.”
The first group of SWiT Net Academy courses will be launched on 1st October with a SWiT-hosted virtual event.