Delivered through the ICT Academy at GCU’s School for Engineering and Built Environment, GCU already offers Cisco cources to Open University students in Scotland and the North of England. It also runs courses for the likes of Oracle and VMware.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has a number of technical staff across the region to manage key network infrastructure assets, which includes Cisco routing and switching equipment.
Following the 36-week training programme, the organisation aims to provide its engineers with Cisco’s standard CCNA routing and switching certification. The curriculum contains four modules that progress students from basic networking skills to complex enterprise and theoretical networking models.
The course will use Cisco’s Netspace online learning environment and campus-based day classes.
“Our experience in the delivery of online training integrating a range of e-learning tools has been tailored to meet their requirements, incorporating curriculum content, online sessions, remote lab delivery and continuous assessment,” said GCU programme lead David Hendry.
“Many large organisations with significant training requirements in IT would benefit from a bespoke approach such as this.”
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A large and geographically-spread out organisation, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service required a bespoke training model to meet its specialist needs, while still enabling its staff to gain an industry-recognised qualification.
“The GCU CCNA programme offers our network engineers a flexible approach to gaining an internationally recognised certification,” said Scottish Fire and Rescue Service ICT operations manager Greg Aitken.
“Limited resources, workload and on-call rotas presented us with a challenge in terms of scheduling in the required Cisco training at an affordable price, and GCU’s proposal worked well for all parties. I worked closely with the team to compile a programme that was not only flexible, but ensured that service delivery of the ICT department within the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service did not suffer,” he said.