Targeted Internship Program Helps Partner Recruit Top Talent Targeted Internship Program Helps Partner Recruit Top Talent

An intensive training and internship program in the Philippines helped address a partner’s need for network engineers.

Linking Graduates to Career Opportunities

When one of Cisco’s top customers in the Philippines faced a shortage of personnel to manage its infrastructure, the Cisco Philippines team began exploring opportunities to help Cisco Networking Academy graduates develop the career skills and experience needed to fill the demand.

After signing a service agreement with Cisco, Liberty Broadcasting Network Inc. (LBNI) discovered its wireless networking service provider brand, wi-tribe, needed additional network engineers. To address this challenge, Cisco and LBNI developed a targeted cadetship program and invited Networking Academy graduates to submit their applications.

It was the logical solution, and one we’re really proud of,” says Noel Kimuell, Cisco area academy manager for the Philippines.

The response was overwhelming, with more than 250 graduates submitting their resumes. Forty candidates were short-listed and 19 participants were selected based on their communication and networking skills, and ability to work well under pressure.

Boot Camp for Specialized Skills

To help ensure an ideal fit between the capabilities of the candidates and the specialized skills needed by wi-tribe, the 19 participating graduates attended an intensive, two-month boot camp.

At the end of the boot camp, the participants helped advance wi-tribe’s technological and business goals, while gaining valuable experience in wireless technologies. Fifteen of them were hired on as shift engineers in LBNI’s operations team and are performing well.

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