Recently, CISCO announced the launch of a Cisco Networking Academy programme at the South African State Information Technology Agency (SITA) in Erasmuskloof. Enabling the establishment of the total number of offered Cisco courses and certifications under the Cisco Networking Academy programme in South Africa to 65, the launch saw SITA joining the forces with Cisco in an effort to meet the growing demand for information and communications technology (ICT) skills in South Africa.
The aim of the Cisco Networking Academy programme is to enable a consistently enriching learning experience by partnering with public and private institutions to develop and deliver innovative ICT courses, improve the effectiveness and accessibility of the programme, and increase access to education and career opportunities. SITA and Cisco have agreed to work towards a common goal of expanding the programme into a SITA training academy initiative. South Africa is experiencing tremendous ICT growth. According to reports, at least 115,000 additional ICT jobs will be required to meet requirements for the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in South Africa this year.