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CiscoCisco Networking Academy is our global CSR education program that teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world. Networking Academy provides online e-learning courses, interactive tools, and hands-on learning activities to help individuals prepare for ICT and networking careers in virtually every type of industry.

Since 1997, Networking Academy has grown from a small-scale program designed to help schools get the most out of their networking equipment to Cisco’s largest corporate social responsibility program, with courses taught at more than 9000 academies in 165 countries. More than 1,200,000 students develop ICT skills through the program each year. In South Africa we have over 60 Academies and have trained over 21,000 in advanced ICT skills.

We believe that our partnership with Vodacom in the Vodacom Mobile Education initiative, will bring to communities advanced ICT skills development, which many would normally not be able to afford and/or access. This is a true partnership which will positive impact on the lives of our children, our communities and our country as a whole.



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Claiming their space in the knowledge economy

Graduation cap21 October 2015 - On Wednesday 14 October, 72 youth from Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga received their Vodacom ICT Youth Academy certificates at a festive graduation ceremony that took place at Vodaworld in Midrand. Over the next few weeks similar ceremonies will be hosted in the other six provinces.


Graduation celebrations

Graduation thumbnail2 September 2014 - With a tour of graduation and induction ceremonies across the country, the second year of the Youth Skills Academy is officially being kicked off. The ceremonies are hosted in the Vodacom Teacher Centres


 Entries open for 2nd year of Youth Skills Development Programme

youth development thumbnail1 July 2014 - Vodacom and partners are happy to announce 135 young people will be recruited to participate in this year's Youth Skills Development Programme. This Programme stimulates skills development, entrepreneurship and job creation within the local ICT sector. 


High marks for first group of Cisco IT Essentials students

Cape Winelands examinations10 February 2014 - The first group of youth participating in the Cisco IT Essentials course at the Worcester centre graduated with high marks. After having completed the course in half the time, the graduates are now certified Level 1 IT technicians.


Youth skills instructors pay it forward

youth development thumbnail16 October 2013 - In a number of ICT Resource Centres around the country the youth instructors from the Youth Skills Development Programme are taking their knowledge forward and have begun providing instruction in high-end computer skills to local youth.


Youth instructors on skills course

training-thumbnail18 September 2013 – Youth instructors from the nine Vodacom ICT Resource Centres are taking part in a skills training course with the aim of equipping them to upskill other youth.

Welcoming new trainers at the Upington Centre

New trainers at Upington ICT Resource Centre4 June 2013 - The Upington ICT Resource Centre welcomes new trainers Alastair Rabie and Deidre-Ann Nicola Jansen, both graduates of the Cisco IT Essentials and Instructor Training.  

New staff to train unemployed youth

pretoria15 April 2013 - Graduates from the Cisco IT Essentials and Instructor Training Course have joined the Tshwane Vodacom ICT Resource Center. Thabo Makwela and Anastacia Makaepea will be training unemployed youth in ICT Skills.

Lady Frere participates in Youth Skill Development Programme

Vodacom Cisco_april12 April 2013 - Ntuthuzelo Lahliwe and Jabu Matiwane were selected to participate in the Cisco instructor training at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) that commenced on 5 April.

Vodacom, Cisco and MICT Seta team up

computer room thumbnail5 April 2013 - Vodacom through its Mobile Education programme in partnership with Cisco and MICT-Seta kicked-off a youth development project at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. The partnership aims to train unemployed youth in ICT skills and to further develop them into ICT entrepreneurs.