How the International Youth Foundation and Cisco Networking Academy are developing digital skills in Mexico

by Rebecca De La Vega

Northampton, MA –News Direct– Cisco Systems Inc.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states that “Raising the standard of living [in Mexico] will require boosting productivity growth by improving the business climate, including…upskilling the population.

The International Youth Foundation (IYF) has taken a pragmatic approach in this regard by undertaking research on IT job vacancies in some Mexican states and analyzing the program offered by the Colegio Nacional de Educacion Profesional (CONALEP), the largest technical vocational system in Mexico, with over 300,000 students at 312 campuses across the country.

Identify and address skills gaps

In doing so, the IYF identified a lack of career guidance towards IT/networking opportunities, an outdated curriculum in this area, and teachers without up-to-date skills and knowledge to guide learners. An OECD study found that 53% of Mexican teachers said they needed additional training, particularly in the areas of information, communications and technology (ICT).

The IYF saw the opportunity to use the Cisco Networking Academy program, Passport to Success, as well as its own professional program, Conmutación y Enrutamiento de Redes, to provide learners with digital skills development for the workforce. of tomorrow.

Achievements IYF and Cisco Networking Academy

Because the IYF is committed to measuring skills learned, changes to livelihoods, and evaluating system-level outcomes, the success of the program is clear:

The IYF received the 2021 Sustainable Development Award for Decent Work Training from the Monte de Piedad Foundation for this program. It is expected that this could serve as proof that the Cisco Networking Academy and its own program could provide real opportunities for young people and could guide public policies for all professional schools in Mexico.

The IYF has recognized the value of the Networking Academy program for its potential to develop digital skills and the relevance of these skills for employers.

“Collaborating with the Cisco Networking Academy ensures that we provide high quality training in skills relevant to the ICT industry, improving employment opportunities for nearly 15,000 young people in Mexico. By working with Cisco, we can assure employers that our students are trained in the most relevant, high-quality skills, with the latest updates, and assessed with the same rigor with which the world’s best professionals are assessed. It’s a guarantee and a pleasure to walk hand in hand with Cisco,” says Alberto Peniche, IYF Director for Mexico.

For being a true supporter of the program and for advocating for its implementation so widely in Mexico, the IYF recently won the Cisco Networking Academy’s Be the Bridge award. I would like to thank the IYF for its extraordinary vision and dedication to helping the inclusive development of digital skills for young people across Mexico.

About Cisco Networking Academy

The Cisco Networking Academy is the largest and oldest corporate social responsibility education program in the world. We are especially proud of our collective impact, especially for the underfunded and underrepresented in our communities.

Our mission is to empower all people with career opportunities by transforming the lives of learners, educators, and communities through the power of technology, education, and career opportunity.

We partner with nearly 12,000 educational institutions in 180 countries and offer curriculum in 27 languages, having trained 15.1 million learners, and 2.9 million people attributing jobs to their experience with Networking Academy.

Our inclusive workforce development program provides educators with a cutting-edge curriculum (free license for educational and nonprofit institutions), Webex by Cisco, and resources and learners equipped with skills and industry-recognized certifications. It is a true end-to-end, skills-to-employment program, connecting learners with peers, mentors and job opportunities through our job matching engine, Talent Bridge .

For more information about our programs, please visit the Cisco Networking Academy page.

About the International Youth Foundation

IYF® stands by, for and with young people. Founded in 1990, IYF is a global non-profit organization with programs directly benefiting 7.7 million young people and operations spanning more than 100 countries to date. Working with local community organizations and a network of businesses, foundations and multilateral partners, we provide opportunities for young people to transform their lives. We believe that educated, employed and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems. Our vision is to see young people inspired and equipped to achieve the future they want. IYF: Transforming lives, together.

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