Pathways Programme

Our Pathways programme aims to inspire young people in Y7-13 from all backgrounds, by introducing them to careers in technology whilst developing key employability skills. There are downloadable STEM resources for all teachers, long-term school partnerships delivering in-school workshops and visits to Cisco offices, plus business and technical work experience. We give students a sneak peek into the tech industry and hopefully plant seeds for their future careers by introducing them to people behind some of the world’s best technology.

Read our latest Social Impact Report and discover more about our digital skills programmes.

Year 7-9

STEM resources for Computing, Design Technology, Maths and Science lessons.

Long-term partnerships with selected schools in and around Feltham, Reading and Manchester. Delivering classroom workshops and hosting students at Cisco’s UK head office for a day.

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Year 10-13

Work experience taking a closer look at technical and non-technical careers.

  • Y10-11: A five day workshop run twice a year in July and November at Cisco offices in Reading and Feltham.
  • Y12-13 (Girls only): Four days over February half term at Cisco offices in Reading, Feltham or Manchester.

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Year 7-9

Download STEM Resources

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about connecting the unconnected and it is growing rapidly. It uses sensor-equipped physical computing devices, connected through wired and wireless networks, and the internet. The IoT has many uses, including the control of smart cities, steering of driverless cars or providing environmental information that saves lives. These downloadable resources have fully comprehensive lesson plans for Computing, Design Technology, Maths and Science.

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School Partnerships

Through the Pathways programme, Cisco is developing long-term partnerships with selected schools in and around Feltham, Reading and Manchester. The partnership offers in-school workshops, a visit to Cisco’s offices and senior leadership mentoring from a Cisco executive.

Register your interest in becoming a Partner School.

Smart School Workshop

Introducing students to the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) through a group debate on the concept of a ‘Smart School’.

Networking Workshop

Students learn basic principles of networking through an interactive ‘human networking’ task where they simulate the role of a network.

Kids in IT Day

An on-site visit to Cisco offices where students compete in a hands on coding challenge, before designing an app and pitching it to our judges.

Cisco Pathways

Summary of Cisco Pathways Y7-9 (February 2019 – July 2021) in partnership with MyKindaFuture.

Partner Schools - 9
Partner Schools
Students - 1980
Face to face & virtual events - 52
Face to face & virtual events
Volunteer hours - 526
Volunteer hours
STEM downloads - 7551
STEM downloads


of students agreed they learnt new skills at their workshop.


of students agree these events provided useful information that will help them with the next steps in their career.


of students agree these events made them want to pursue a career in the technology industry.

Year 10-13

Work Experience

Our Fair Train Work Experience Gold Standard accredited work experience is open for young people in Y10-13. With a focus on technical and non-technical careers there’s something for everyone. Students get a glimpse of the many roles in the technology industry and spend time with people who do these jobs every day.


A five day workshop run twice a year in July and November for year students in Y10 & 11 (14-16 years old). Approximately 50 students choose between two workstreams: Technical or Business, and spend the week at Cisco offices in Green Park (Reading) and Bedfont Lakes (Feltham). The aim is to show them the range of jobs within a global IT company whilst developing key employability skills and building confidence.


Four days of discovery during the February half term for girls in Y12 & 13 (16-18 years old) to learn more about the technology industry and the diverse range of careers available. Hosted at Cisco offices in Bedfont Lakes (Feltham), Green Park (Reading) and Manchester, they shadow teams in Sales, IT, Marketing and other business areas. They’ll drive their own learning and contribute to real work scenarios, inspiring their choices for a career in IT.

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Applications close tomorrow!
Cisco’s Pathway To Your Future Work Experience
For young women and those who identify as female or non-binary in years 12 & 13

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Programme details:
14-17 February 2022
9.30am-4.30pm each day
Online – Cisco Webex

We are delighted to announce that we have won Silver for Best Educational Programme for our Pathways work experience, developed in partnership with @Connectr_UK at the #CEAwards 🎉

Meet Chloe Clinton, a first-year apprentice here at Cisco, who did work experience with us in February 2020. Head over to our Instagram page to see what she had to say about our Pathways programme!

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