SWiT Cisco Academy:


Why are SWiT becoming a Cisco Academy ?

In July this year, Catalyst published a report which stated that, in 2018-2019, over half (57.1%) of students enrolled in higher education were women. The report also stated that, in 2018–2019, women were underrepresented in several subject areas of higher education, including:

  • Computer Science = 18.4%

  • Engineering and Technology = 19.1%

Of most concern, the report also stated that, in the UK, women were 5% more likely to have lost their jobs due to Covid-19 than men, that 60% of essential workers are women and that women comprise 77% of the labour force at high risk of contracting Covid-19.

The recent Covid-19 pandemic has changed the working World. Many people find themselves facing redundancy or work in industries facing uncertain times. We want to help people access resources that can help them learn new skills and develop their careers.

SWiT are passionate about diversity, inclusion and technology. Partnering with Cisco to become an Academy provides us with the chance to share user friendly online technology courses, which are free, provide certification on completion and can be accessed 24/7 by our members and the wider community.

The ability to access these courses online means that anyone, regardless of technology experience or background, career, or family commitments, can join and participate at a time that suits them.

Whether you are looking to change career, up-skill or want to learn a completely new skill, the course options will provide you with the opportunity to explore a variety of additional skills or career paths.

Championing diversity inclusion and gender equality in technology is at the heart of what we do.


Our Partnership with Cisco and the Cisco Academy enables us to provide a tangible benefit to our members and the wider community.

Course Learning & Career Pathways


Overview of Courses Available

Courses are open for enrollment NOW!

Initial Launch - Entrepreneurship 

The launching pad course for your great idea

It takes more than a single great idea to become a successful entrepreneur. The winding road between idea and execution requires business acumen, financial skills, and most importantly the right mind-set. This knowledge can not only set you apart, but set up your technology venture for greater success. So, why not benefit from a course that’s made for you, jump-starting your ideas, and arming you with the right skills to take the next step with more self-confidence. No prerequisites required.

Length: 15 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Intermediate

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Languages: English

Get Connected

Cover your digital basics

The digital world is upon us both personally and professionally. Having a better understanding of the Internet, computers and social media can be a big help toward acquiring digital skills. And, once you have these skills there are many more possibilities opened to you as far as career advancement. Learn how to use a computer, connect devices and access search, email, and social media. Enjoy course content that is very user-friendly and interactive with lots of illustrations! No previous knowledge is needed for this introductory course.

Length: 30 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Beginner

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Languages:  English

Introduction to Cyber Security

With billions of devices now online, new threats pop-up every second

Today’s interconnected world makes everyone more susceptible to cyber-attacks. Whether you’re attracted to the relativity new world of cybersecurity as a professional, or just interested in protecting yourself online and in social media, this introductory course is the answer. It explores cyber trends, threats—along with the broader topic of cybersecurity in a way that will matter to YOU. For instance, you’ll learn how to protect your personal privacy online while gaining additional insight on the challenges companies, and governmental and educational institutions face today. You’ll also earn a Networking Academy badge for completing this course. No prerequisites required.

Length: 15 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Beginner

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Languages:  English

PCAP: Programming Essentials in Python

Learn Python, the language for IoT

How great would it be to write your own computer program? Or, design a web or desktop application that millions of people could enjoy? Both are a possibility if you learn how to code in Python. Python is the very versatile, object-oriented programming language used by startups and tech giants, Google, Facebook, Dropbox and IBM. Python is also recommended for aspiring young developers who are interested in pursuing careers in Security, Networking and Internet-of-Things. Once you complete this course, you are ready to take the PCAP – Certified Associate in Python programming. No prior knowledge of programming is required.

Length: 70 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Intermediate

Learning Type: Instructor-led, Online self-paced

Languages:  English

NDG Linux Unhatched

The “start from scratch” Linux course

Ever considered a career in Linux? Or, stuck in a dead-end job and exploring options for a career change? NDG Linux Unhatched allows students to wade into the shallow end of Linux, the back-end operating system used by global titans such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Tesla, Amazon and more.

Graduates walk away with a clear understanding of whether Linux is for them or not, without having to commit to more than 8 total hours of self-paced learning. To ensure you don’t get stuck, you’ll be guided step-by-step through a series of hands-on virtual machine activities. The course aligns well with the Linux exam objectives found on the CompTIA A+ Certification. After this course, we suggest taking either NDG Linux Essentials or NDG Linux I.

Length: 8 Hours

Cost: Free

Level: Beginner

Learning Type: Online self-paced

Languages: English

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