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Inclusion and Diversity

As part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity (I&D), we at Cisco are devoted to building diversity into our recruiting and hiring process. I would like to share with you a great Inclusion and Diversity Best Practice on how we extended our I&D principles to our recruiting process for our Associate Network Consulting Engineer Program (ANCE), an extensive training and work experience program that provides graduates with the training to be a capable Network Consulting Engineer with our Advanced Services organisation.

When we recruited for last year’s ANCE program, unfortunately we only had 1 female candidate join us for our UK assessment centre (although in other assessment centres we had a higher number of female candidates) and this year we wanted to look at how we could address this issue. Our first point of call for recruitment is to look at our Networking Academy Channel, a global education initiative that teaches students how to design, build, troubleshoot, and secure computer networks for increased access to career and economic opportunities in communities around the world. As there are so few women studying engineering to begin with (please see my previous blog on this subject), this adds an additional problem.

 So what did the team do?

The team recognised that the pre-screening process and certain components of the assessment centre were skewed towards people who already had a solid basis in networking:

The team also engaged with EmployAbility, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting students and graduates with all disabilities into employment. The organisation has a wide network of relationships with universities, other disability charities and many other key stakeholders to raise awareness among disabled students of opportunities. Cisco asked EmployAbility to select 5 disabled candidates who they thought would be suitable candidates for the ANCE program this year.

Result

The ANCE team strongly embraced the Cisco Inclusion and Diversity philosophy towards the selection of candidates for the ANCE Program in Europe. In doing so, they reaffirmed Cisco’s commitment to Inclusion and Diversity – by fully embracing the human network in all its multiplicity, fostering innovation and talent at work, we better serve our customers and engage with our partners in the worldwide marketplace with the strength of working together.

How does your company encourage a diverse mix of candidates into your graduate programs? Share your stories below!

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    • Thanks for the positive feedback and I hope you become a regular visitor of our blog.

      Thanks, Laura

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  2. Hello,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Here is the link to our Associate Network Consulting Engineer Program: http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac40/univ/emeagrads/ance.html

    Thanks,
    Laura

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