Apprenticeship Manager | Cisco
Ellie is the Apprenticeship Manager for Cisco UK and Ireland, and leads the delivery and development of their growing programme.
Since joining Cisco in 2014, Ellie has expanded the Apprenticeship programme into new areas of the business; doubling the number of opportunities available to young people to start a career in technology. Prior to joining Cisco Ellie completed her own Apprenticeship, which lead her into roles with the National Apprenticeship Service, promoting the programme as a desirable opportunity for both companies and young people alike.
Ellie never envisaged being an Apprentice or having a career in technology. Because of this she is a passionate advocate for young people, particularly young women, to consider this pathway to progress into digital careers.
Her biggest focus is to inspire future talent to see the potential technology has; by identifying and and tapping into an individual’s passion, then relating it to technology. This has resulted in two successful industry days specifically for young women and careers events that have reached over 8000 young people since September 2015. This activity, alongside gender balanced assessment processes that promote Cisco’s existing female talent, has ensured that the Cisco Apprenticeship has an above average gender profile of 35% with the aspiration to achieve 50:50 diversity during the next phase of recruitment.