Network training with American IT giant Cisco becoming more widely
available and popular as Cambodians look to increase their
competitiveness in the job market
IT networking skills are increasing in Cambodia, sector analysts say.
SINCE 2002, Cisco, the largest maker of networking equipment in the world, has run computer network training courses for Cambodians.
Based on the program's success in its early years at the government's National ICT Development Authority facility in Phnom Penh, the training program has expanded to high schools and universities in the capital, said Hong Sophany, a marketing representative of Cisco Networking Academy Program at Yejj Institute.
For Leng Bunny, an instructor with Cisco, the motivation for the training is simple: "People enroll because it gets them jobs."
A Cisco-approved tag, he said, does not come easily. Students must undergo four course levels, each three months long, and pass a final test to earn the title Cisco Certified Networking Associate.
Cisco's introductory networking classes now can also be taken at Preah Sisowath High School, Pannasastra University of Cambodia, the Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Asia Europe University and the Centre for Information Systems Training.
"The popularity of the training class is growing fast along with the development of the telecoms sector in Cambodia," Leng Bunny said.
Around 2,250 people have enrolled in the Cisco Networking Academy Program since its inception, with 164 earning a Cisco Certified Networking Associate degree and just six earning Cisco's Professional degree.
Lorn Pisal, an employee at Campura Systems Corporation, attended the program from 2005 to 2007. He said that before carrying the training on his resume, it was exceedingly difficult to get a job. Since graduating, he is automatically shortlisted, he said.
"The people who take this course are the first people to be selected for jobs," he said. "And the information and technology sector is the most promising in Cambodia for long-term careers."
Cisco stipulates people must have at least two years of university experience to enroll. Fees are US$100 per course. In an effort to promote the employment of women in the information and technology sector, women are given a 60 percent discount on tuition fees, while public servants receive a 50 percent discount.