Cisco Expands Strategic Collaboration with MexicoFIRST

2012-10-25 16:34:41

To foster the development of information technology (IT) talent to support the increasingly important role of the network, Cisco today announced the evolution of its strategic partnership with MexicoFIRST, an initiative of the Ministry of Economy of Mexico (MoE) and the National Association of the Electronic, Telecomunications and Information Technology Industry (CANIETI), sponsored by the World Bank, to improve the global competitiveness of Mexico’s IT industry. Previously focused on just students attaining Cisco CCNA® and CCNP® certifications, this strategic partnership is expanding to now encompass training and certification offerings across all of Cisco’s associate, professional and expert levels, as well as specializations, and now provides access to all networking professionals and Cisco partners, university students and businesses across Mexico.

Analysts indicate that Mexico’s real GDP growth will be 3.4 percent for 2012, and should rise in 2013 to 3.0 percent1. Mexico presents an attractive harbor for investment1 and is rated fourth worldwide as a provider of IT services2. Gartner, in their Analysis of Mexico as an Offshore Services Location, indicates that “The number and diversity of technology vendors and service providers keep growing, and thus the demand for Mexico’s IT workforce is increasing, which continues to stimulate more interest in job opportunities in the technology field.3”

While opportunities continue to increase, Manpower in its 2012 Talent Shortage Survey highlights that in Mexico, 22 percent of employers say the lack of available applicants is a problem, and 43 percent have difficulty filling jobs including in technical positions4. In sectors such as healthcare, analysts indicate that a key constraint is due to a lack of human and technical implementation capability5. As networks continue to drive economic growth, the need for skilled networking talent increases in importance.
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