Talent Incubator

Welcome to the Cisco Networking Academy Talent Incubator microsite! Here you can learn more about opportunities for Cisco Partners to get involved with the Cisco Networking Academy programme. We will be embarking on this Talent Incubator pilot with longstanding NetAcad Partner the Open University. 

The Cisco Networking Academy has now been active for 25 years and available in the UK since 1998. In this time, the programme has evolved enormously, and now offers free, unlimited access to schools, colleges, universities, and specialist education organisations. We are opening up the NetAcad programme to Cisco Partners to take our impact in the UK & Ireland to another level and to support Partners in attracting, training, and retaining early-in-career talent. 

Changing lives since 1998


Total students since inception in the UK & Ireland


Active Cisco Academies in the UK & Ireland


Students who took Cisco certification aligned courses obtained a job and/or educational opportunity

Opportunities for Cisco Partners

Why the Open University as a NetAcad Partner?

The OU was established in 1969 on the principle that higher education should be open to all. There are 200,000+ students currently studying at the OU, with c15,000+ typically within the digital technologies domain. 

The OU typically has 5500+ NetAcad students per annum and an Academy Support Centre (ASC) reach of c35,000+ per annum. This makes the OU the largest NetAcad Partner in the EMEA region and the 5th largest NetAcad Partner globally. The OU ASC students comprise a diverse demographic and skillsets, with students representing a range of organisations including educational institutions and charities (Stemettes, TechVets, and the Royal National Academy for the Blind, etc.)