Cisco launches Global Talen Acceleration programme in Bangalore

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Bangalore, Oct 16 (UNI) Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, today launched its Global Talent Acceleration Program (GTAP) aimed at creating next-generation local engineering and sales talent in India and other emerging countries in Asian region.

India is the third country to be selected for the Cisco GTAP initiative, following the establishment of facilities in Amman, Jordan and Johannesburg, South Africa.

Through the GTAP in India, Cisco plans to train Indian engineering students at the CCIE level, the highest stage professional certification offered by Cisco.

Cisco Learning Solutions Partners, Datacraft, Fast Lane Global Knowledge, and NIIT will act as initial primary partner delivery organizations in India.

"India, which is at the centre of Cisco's globalisation strategy, is experiencing tremendous growth, and the demand for technical talent undoubtedly exceeds supply. The development of a sustainable talent pipeline, with market-ready skills, is imperative to sustain momentum," said Leo Scrivner, vice president of human resources for Cisco Services and the Globalisation Centre East.

GTAP is a 37-week program that combines classroom training, industry exposure and hands-on experience. The program offers two tracks--Professional, aimed at students with three to five years' experience, and Associate, for fresh graduates. Initially, these students will be recruited for work at Cisco's Bangalore Technical Assistance Centre as well as Cisco's Bangalore Advanced Services Worldwide Service Provider practices organization.

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