Cisco Systems, an American multinational technology conglomerate headquartered in California, said it will provide digital technology training to 1 million people in Africa in the next five years. Once the training is completed, the participants may get job placements within the company or with its business partners.
The global technology group, which plans to train 10 million people across the world, is targeting both graduates and non-graduates.
Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco revealed that the group has been running a training programme for 21 years and in the past 10 years has trained 9 million students. He said “we fundamentally believe that meeting basic human needs, getting people connected and educated is a big step towards creating inclusive opportunity”.
Cisco’s general manager for sub-Saharan Africa, Clayton Naidoo said the company was “committed to accelerating global problem solving by supporting people who innovate as technologists, think as entrepreneurs, and act as social change agents. With digitisation and the Internet of Things (IoT), good ideas now have the ability to make a difference more quickly than ever before”.
According to Robbins, Cisco partnered with presidents in 20 countries when it launched a program called Cisco digital acceleration three years ago. He said the program encompasses various initiatives that aligned with the countries where the company operated.
Robbins said “if we are successful in South Africa, we have to be good corporate citizens and contribute in helping to achieve the objectives of the country. We look at initiatives to accelerate GDP, drive entrepreneurship, leverage technology to deliver expertise and also look at how we work with service providers and telecoms companies to deliver more broadband connectivity”.
The CEO noted that the company may bring the digital acceleration program to South Africa. He said “now we are thinking through what it will look like in South Africa and we are probably a few months away from bringing that into life”.