I Can network – Kieran’s story

Kieran’s campaign poster – on the right hand side there is a large image of Kieran sitting with his legs crossed and he has a network cable beside him. On the left hand side the caption reads ‘I Can network’ with a quote from Kieran beneath it saying “My interests have helped shape my future career. Being at RNC has made getting there a reality.”

Kieran Little, 18, from Blyth, Northumberland, is the current student fronting the national I Can campaign from RNC. His desire to help the College challenge stereotypical thinking surrounding people with sight loss meant that he wanted to demonstrate the abilities he has which place him on a par with any sighted counterpart in his chosen industry.

Kieran has completed an OCR Level 3 in Media alongside a BTEC Level 3 in IT. He proudly became one of six learners at the College to study the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) qualification. RNC was launched as Europe’s first Cisco Networking Academy for people with visual impairments in September 2014.

“As I am studying BTEC IT, some of the content is carried over into the Cisco course and it’s helped out with the networking unit, but the majority of the content is new,” explained Kieran. ”I like the fact that we’re the first group to trial this. We’re setting it up for students in the future and finding different ways of doing things.”

In his video for the I Can campaign, Kieran talks the viewer through the networking system – such is his confidence in the abilities he has learnt. He utilised the teaching skills he has acquired as one of the student teachers of the Tech Novice Café, a drop-in session for people with and without visual impairments to learn the equipment of their choice, as defined by their own needs and wishes.

“The filming was on a Tuesday morning, first thing, so I wasn’t fully awake,” he said. “I hate being filmed but I got used to it. I’m used to doing multiple takes in the Chapel for Media, so this was quick, actually.”

Media is Kieran’s passion, but he feels networking is a practical job prospect. He would love to have an apprenticeship or work experience with Cisco; as Kieran says: “I can network”.

Watch Kieran’s video and read his profile at www.rnc.ac.uk/ican/meet-kieran

Article written by Anika Backhouse, PR, Publications & Outreach Officer at RNC