CISCO's pledges are manifold: one develops education curriculum addressing smart grid networking skills and enables usage of CISCO Networking Academy programme to train smart grid professionals. A second one, it aligns the Cisco Certification and training matrix with the e-Competence Framework.

Overview of Cisco's pledges

1.  Training programme for smart-grid professionals

The installation of hundreds of millions of smart grid devices in private homes in Europe and energy producers’ investment in the grid infrastructure can create ten thousands of new jobs. Cisco and its industry and education partners will combine existing and newly developed learning content for electrical installers. The content will qualify employees and young people in initial training for the roll-out of smart meters. The content will be made available on the existing Cisco Networking Academy platform. Teacher training will be supported and can rely on the installed base of Networking Academy structures.

Based on a successful content development project Cisco is expecting the following student numbers in EU member states:

1st year: 2,000 to 5,000 students in pilot classes

2nd year: 10,000 to 25,000 students

3rd year: 20,000 to 50,000 students

4th year: 50,000 to 100,000 students

5th year: 100,000+ students

Partners: Industry partners, vocational training schools, universities, associations and foundations from Europe will be in the partner network (to be specified).

Pilot countries: Germany, UK, Poland and the Netherlands (others to be added).

Contact Person: Carsten Johnson |

2. Allignment of the Cisco Certification and training matrix with the e-Competence Framework

The IT industry is evolving quickly. The IT skills needed now and in the future are constantly changing. Cisco understands the growing need for IT professionals to have more than just technical skills, but also customer and business-orientated skills.

Cisco recognises the importance of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) and the need of having the e-CF as a standard. Cisco supports the European e-Skills Association (EeSA) initiative to transform the e-CF into a European standard. Therefore, Cisco also supports the work to set-up a pan-European platform which would enable the entire ecosystem to plan, adopt, adapt and prepare in context of certainty and equal footing.

For this pledge, Cisco is helping to align the eCF to the Cisco Certification and training matrix. Whatever skills you need, IT networking professionals with Cisco Certifications have more to offer. Use this matrix to help evaluate candidates and make the perfect hire. Search by experience level or by technology area.

Contact Person: Gert De Laet |


8 July 2013
Last update: 
9 May 2017
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