Cisco Networking Academy graduates take centre stage at WorldSkills Competition Abu Dhabi 2017
Gold medallist from Russia and 2 bronze medallists from Hungary and Austria in IT Network Systems Administration category.
At the WorldSkills 2017, over 1,200 young professionals from 77 nations demonstrated their skills in a number of disciplines. Held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, WorldSkills is the world’s biggest showcase of vocational skills. Three Cisco Networking Academy graduates were among participants: Leonid Shmakov from Russia, who won the gold in the IT Network Systems Administration category, and Patrick Taibel (Austria) and Akos Varga (Hungary), who both won 3rd place in the same category.
The WorldSkills competition aims to measure the skills of young people under the age of 23. It includes a wide variety of professions such as aircraft maintenance, bakery, electronics, and cooking. Since the non-profit WorldSkills program was launched, it has served to support and emphasize the importance of vocational skills for the youth.
All three winners are graduates of Cisco’s Networking Academy, an IT skills and career building program that is available worldwide. For the past 20 years, over 7.8 million Networking Academy students have gained the technical and entrepreneurial skills they need to success in the digital economy.
IT Network Systems Administration contestants had to perform four assignments: to configure networking equipment, configure a Linux operating system, configure the server operating system Windows and provide support services.
Many of them prepared for months for the competition. Akos Varga (Hungary) mentioned that he had 14 months of preparation.
Leonid who won the gold medal commented, “I believe that it all worked out, because we worked hard and prepared. Training in the Cisco Networking Academy helped me to successfully implement the module on network technologies.”
Patrick who is also very happy with his bronze medal, mentioned “I like to set myself challenges such as measuring myself with like-minded people. It was not easy to solve the tasks, but this challenge was preceded by intense preparation. And it was very well supported by the school. Through the Networking Academy program, I acquired additional skills that were crucial in solving the problem. “
Today, there is an increasing lack of IT professionals due to the unprecedented change in technology, rapid digital adoption and continued growth of IoT in areas such as networked homes, healthcare applications and smart cars. According to Empirica, Europe will have an e-skills gap that, if filled, could lead to 500,000 additional jobs by 2020.
Achim Kaspar, General Manager Cisco Austria commented, “The importance of the network will grow along with digitalization. Therefore, network and system administrators are in greater demand than ever. In Austria, students have been able to complete the Cisco Networking Academy at educational institutions for nearly 20 years now. Thanks to the excellent tutors, the graduates are particularly qualified and that's what WorldSkills 2017 has showed.”
Networking Academy is Cisco’s longest-running and largest corporate social responsibility program. It aims to address the growing networking skills gap. Networking Academy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. Today it has over 22,000 educators teaching in 9,800 academies in 180 countries. Over 92% of Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA) graduates of the Academy have achieved their goals of a new job, new education or opportunities at work.
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