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Cisco students are offered helping hand to first networking job

Will Hadfield

Students on Cisco’s Networking Academy Programme are being helped to find their first networking jobs.

Cisco has appointed a company called SMEcentric to match each new crop of students with small and medium-sized businesses that are recruiting networking engineers.

The networking giant started matching its students with potential employers after it realised that many businesses were wary about taking on people with no business experience. So far, 10 companies, including BT iNet, Cisilion, CAE and Gardiner Security, have used the service to find new employees.

“It is so hard to find people with the right level of skill we need to maintain and grow our business. The graduates we have taken on through SMEcentric are extremely capable and talented individuals. We are confident that they have the right skills and aptitudes to add value to our business,” said Peter Turner, managing director at systems integrator Cisilion.

Some 58 students have been placed with employers since the scheme began.

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