Press Release: 30 May 2012

HP Launches Institute Programme to Increase IT Skills

Initiative will provide SMEs with business-ready IT skills

HP today announced the launch of the HP Institute, an academic partnership programme that will provide students with the business-ready IT skills that are in deficit within the economy. 

HP is the first IT vendor to bring practical experience and job-ready skills into an academic setting, packaged in a way to help Ireland upskill its workforce .  This is urgently needed as studies from sources such as the Forfas Expert Group on Future Skills Needs  have identified the need to upskill the current workforce and to address emerging skills demands in areas such as cloud computing.

“Information Technology has a pervasive impact on all sectors of the economy, enabling innovation, productivity enhancements and greater customer and market reach.  Ongoing concerns about a growing shortage of job-ready IT professionals with the right skills to grow and innovate within Irish businesses need to be addressed ,” commented Martin Murphy, Managing Director, HP Ireland. “That is why HP is starting the Institute programme in Ireland.  We are working with the education sector to continuously enhance the talent pool of graduates with the precise skills and experience businesses need most to help them succeed today and in the future. 

Working with schools, colleges and universities we are aiming to improve the IT skills of 5,000 people over the next three years.”

“Technology moves so rapidly it is hard for many businesses to keep pace, the HP Institute Programme will help companies of all sizes  to find staff who really understand the technologies that businesses use now and who come ready to work from day one.”

Each module of the HP programme teaches industry-standard technologies, through courseware, practice tests and hands-on labs. Including modules on cloud computing, the courses have been designed to provide skills that are particularly appropriate for small and mid-sized companies – a sector which HP recently announced as a focus for its support and investment.

Through the HP Institute, HP will help students improve their career and earning potential via industry recognised qualifications and education that provides practical experience with industry-standard solutions. By offering the HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) qualification, academic institutions can elevate degree programmes to potential employers by providing more rounded and better qualified graduates with much needed technology skills, expertise, and business insight.

HP’s delivery partner in Ireland and the UK for the HP Institute is Dublin based Prodigy Learning. Prodigy Learning will work closely with Irish schools, colleges and universities and help them to get up and running quickly with the new HP certifications.

Andrew Flood, Chief Operating Officer, Prodigy Learning, said:
“As an Irish company, Prodigy Learning are delighted to be working on the development and rollout of this cutting edge curriculum and certification programme across Ireland and the UK. Our role is to manage this new HP certification in country and support institutions who are interested in offering the hands-on job relevant experience offered by this programme to their students. I’d encourage all to take advantage of this launch phase to explore HP Accredited Technical Associate and see if your institution can help address the Irish skills gap in the area of Cloud Computing.”
Academic institutions looking for further information or to preview the HP ATA programme can email Prodigy Learning: hp@prodigysolutions.com 

About HP Institute
The HP ATA is focused on the optimisation and implementation of end-to-end, multivendor, cross-platform IT solutions. Students will demonstrate an understanding and engagement with the business and how to leverage technology to achieve strategic business outcomes through connected innovation that far exceeds traditional ‘break-fix’ learning.

The HP Institute provides an industry leading transferable curriculum for the new HP ATA qualifications across five key areas: Connected Devices (PC, Printing); Networks; Servers and Storage; and Cloud Computing.

As well as providing skills across the whole technology stack, the cloud module will provide cross-technology integration information and a foundation in business acumen for IT leaders.

The HP Institute focuses on hands-on practical know-how, including remote labs experience, giving students virtual access to the up-to-date equipment they will find in the workplace and removing the need for educational establishments to invest in new hardware.

View the HP ATA video here: http://bit.ly/yxvSHk

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