du Teams Up with Cisco for Employee Upskilling Milestone

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du, a leading telecommunications company in the region and part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has announced a groundbreaking collaboration with Cisco, making it the first telecom company in the area to provide its workforce access to the esteemed Cisco Networking Academy for upskilling and career advancement.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between du and Cisco marks the initiation of a comprehensive talent development initiative. This landmark partnership positions du employees at the forefront of opportunities for upskilling and professional growth, reinforcing the company’s commitment to investing in its workforce.

Through the Cisco Networking Academy, du employees will gain access to a diverse array of training courses spanning cybersecurity, programming, data science, and operating systems. The academy’s blended teaching methodology ensures personalized learning experiences tailored to the specific needs of du and its employees.

Fahad Al Hassawi, CEO at du, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Cisco in bringing their esteemed Networking Academy to our organization. This partnership underscores our dedication to fostering our employees’ development and ensuring they possess the essential skills to excel in the digital age. With Cisco’s support, we aim to solidify our position as the leading digital telecommunications provider in the UAE.”

This collaboration aligns with du’s strategic vision of cultivating a culture of continuous learning and innovation. By enhancing technical competencies, the company aims to strengthen its competitiveness in the telecommunications sector and expand its network capabilities. Moreover, the partnership supports the UAE’s vision for Emiratisation by empowering local talent to meet the evolving demands of the digital workforce.

Abdeliah Nejjari, Managing Director for the Gulf Region at Cisco, emphasized the significance of the collaboration, stating, “The Cisco Networking Academy program was established to address the growing demand for skilled professionals in computer networking. We are excited to collaborate with du in providing high-quality training across various technology domains. By combining our expertise with du’s commitment to talent development, we can effectively drive digital transformation and contribute to the UAE’s vision for a digitized future.”

The Cisco Networking Academy program operates in 190 countries and collaborates with over 12,000 Cisco Partner Academies worldwide. With an annual impact on over three million students, du employees now have the opportunity to join this elite group, acquiring valuable knowledge and skills to stay at the forefront of the dynamic telecommunications industry.

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