New Year sparks a new challenge for RNC trainee

Kieran Little (centre) receiving the inaugural Cisco Award from Neil Smith (right) and Andrew Smith (left) on stage

A surprise work placement has been offered by computer networking giant Cisco Systems (UK & Ireland) to an RNC trainee: Kieran Little, 19, from Blyth, Northumberland, is presently completing his Cisco Networking Academy training as part of the Specialist Employability Support (SES) programme.

Back in October, Kieran was presented with the Cisco Student of the Year award by Cisco’s Global Leader for Licensed Small Cell, Neil Smith. Upon receiving the award, he was surprised by the further announcement that he would benefit from a 10-week, all expenses paid work placement at Cisco to enhance his networking career prospects.

“I had no idea I was getting the award. My mum saw the tweet and photo and called me but was speechless when I told her about the placement,” said Kieran. “Initially, my IT teachers suggested Cisco to me and thought I would be good at it. I now love it and want it to be my career.”

Of the placement, which is due to commence in spring 2016, Grahame Allen, Teacher in Charge of the RNC Cisco Networking Academy, said: “This is a great opportunity for Kieran; he is self-motivated, works independently and deserves the recognition. The placement will give him the chance to experience the different areas of Cisco and I am confident he will prove himself there and, when he does, the possibilities are endless.”

RNC offers the only Cisco Networking Academy for people with visual impairments in the northern hemisphere. The College’s partner, Cisco, is dedicated to using its technology, expertise and network to create opportunities and to enable students to compete and thrive in the global workplace.

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