Teams of students from six of the institutes that offer the programme here, competed in the competition at Auckland’s Manukau Institute of Technology recently.
The contestants were tested for three hours on practical debugging and troubleshooting, which simulated the problems networking engineers would face in their workplaces.
Cisco country manager Geoff Lawrie says the Academy programme is designed to address the IT skills shortage, and gives high schools, community centres and polytechnics here a free Cisco-designed curriculum.
“It’s been a great success for us because the skill shortage is as manifest here as it is anywhere. It’s very practical and is based on lab work and exercises rather than just theory.
“The aim is to train people to enable them to get a job and participants come out with a globally-recognised certification.”
Cisco supported the Auckland competition with prizes for the place getters and funds for the institutes whose teams won.
Avondale College won for the second year in a row. Others to field a team were CPIT - Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Wintec (Waikato), Ames Training Centre, MIT (two teams) and the University of Auckland (two teams).
The Academy programme began in the US 10 years ago and about 1600 people are enrolled in it here. Amanda Sachtleben