GCU delivers bespoke Cisco programme for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

13 February 2015

GCU has advanced ICT labs

GCU has advanced ICT labs

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is delivering an innovative, bespoke Cisco Certified Networking Associate training programme for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. 

The programme will be run through the School for Engineering and Built Environment’s ICT Academy, which has delivered IT qualifications to professionals across Scotland for over 10 years. GCU’s advanced labs are used for providing the Open University’s students across Scotland and the North of England with Cisco courses.

As a Cisco Networking Academy, GCU is able to provide students with access to the official Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) curriculum.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service deploys a team of technical staff across Scotland who manage key network infrastructure assets including a high volume of Cisco networking devices, such as routers and switches.

The organisation aims to provide their network engineers with Routing and Switching certification following the 36-week GCU programme.

The CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum consists of four courses which progress students from basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models.

The blended learning model of delivery will utilise Cisco’s Netspace learning environment, featuring online tutorials and further reading. Day schools are held on campus at GCU, and participants complete assessments to progress through to certification. Hands-on labs and Packet Tracer simulation-based learning activities help students develop critical thinking and complex problem solving skills.

GCU is an accredited training academy and testing centre for a number of major vendors, including Cisco Systems, VMWare and Oracle. 

Programme leader David Hendry said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is a critical, large and geographically spread organisation, requiring bespoke training to help individual technical staff to gain industry recognised certification while supporting the organisation’s objectives.

“Our experience in the delivery of online training integrating a range of e-learning tools has been tailored to meet their requirements, incorporating curriculum content, online sessions, remote lab delivery and continuous assessment. Many large organisations with significant training requirements in IT would benefit from a bespoke approach such as this.”

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service ICT Operations Manager Greg Aitken said: “The GCU CCNA programme offered our network engineers a flexible approach to gaining an internationally recognised certification. Limited resources, workload and on-call rotas presented us with a challenge in terms of scheduling in the required Cisco training at an affordable price, and GCU’s proposal worked well for all parties. I worked closely with the team to compile a programme that was not only flexible, but ensured that service delivery of the ICT department within the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service did not suffer. The engineers are all eager to get started and I look forward to supporting throughout the 36 weeks.”