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OU offering two free places for Cisco-based graduate scheme

Published: Thursday, 14 October 2010   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

A leading online institution is set to give two people seeking graduate opportunities the chance to enrol on one of its free technology-based courses.

The Open University (OU) is accepting applications for its Cisco Certified Network Association programme, which is scheduled to begin in February 2011.

Graduates participating in the scheme will learn how to configure an LAN/WAN network using Cisco equipment, with on-the-job experience provided at four schools.

Kevin Streater, executive director of IT and telecoms at the OU, explained that the certificate will be viewed favourably by prospective employers.

"As the leaders in part-time distance education, the OU is committed to helping organisations address the skills gap with relevant courses to build professional skills," he said.

"Vendor-certified courses such as Microsoft, Cisco and VMW are highly demanded additions to our BCS-accredited courses designed to enhance student employability and support specific industry job roles."

Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics claimed this week that 2.45 million people in the UK are now employed, with the jobless rate falling by 0.1 per cent in the three months to August.

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