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. We are developing long-term school partnerships through in-school workshops and visits to Cisco offices, plus business and technical work experience.

Volunteer for our Pathways programme and inspire young people who may not otherwise have access to Cisco and careers in technology. There are many opportunities for you to get involved, including workshops in schools, and at our Bedfont Lakes (Feltham), Green Park (Reading) and Manchester offices.

Download our Cisco Volunteer Guidance and our STEM resources to deliver a 1 hour workshop in a school local to you.

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

Year 7-9

Volunteer for our 2 hour Smart School or Networking workshops at one of our partner schools close to Cisco offices in Feltham, Reading and Manchester. Or participate in the 4 hour Kids in IT day in Bedfont Lakes.

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Year 10-13

Our well established work experience programme couldn’t run without Cisco volunteers. You can lead a session, give speed interviews, join the business game, judge as a dragon or invite students to shadow you.

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Programme in Action

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Choose from available events to volunteer with Y7-9 students at in-school workshops, or a Kids in IT day at Bedfont Lakes.

To volunteer for our Y10-13 work experience, visit

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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’.

Volunteers will help each group to structure their arguments before presenting back to the class.

Networking Workshop

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

Volunteers will remind them how data flows through a network. You don’t need a technical background.

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.

Main volunteers will guide students through the tasks and judges will assess their app creations.

Cisco Pathways

Summary of Cisco Pathways Y7-9 (February 2019 – July 2020) 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.

Volunteer Testimonials


“These workshops are a great way to inspire young people about technology and it is really interesting to see how they approach the challenges and apply their creative minds to them. If you can easily find a way to take a half or full day of out your diary, this is a great and inspiring way to make a difference to young people.”

Jens Fallesen, Architect, CX

“I really enjoyed spending time with the students encouraging them to think about technology and the amazing things Cisco enables. I loved the curiosity, the questions, the energy and their appetite to learn about us. It was such a pleasure and I hope I will get a chance to do it again soon!”

Ihab El Ghazzawi, Senior Manager, CX Global Communities

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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

Apply now:

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!

#Cisco #WeAreCisco #LoveWhereYouWork #CiscoPathways

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