Press Release: 23. February 2012

HP launches Institute programme to increase IT skills and enhance student employability

Bridging the UK IT skills gap with Certiport, aiming to certify over 20,000 people

London, February 23,2012 – HP today announced the launch of the HP Institute, anacademic partnership programme that will provide students with thebusiness-ready IT skills that are in deficit within theindustry.

HP is the first IT vendorto bring practical experience and job-ready skills into an academicsetting, packaged in a way to help the UK up-skill its workforce.This is urgently needed as studies from sources such as e-Skills UKshow a lack of job-focused IT skills in UK school leavers andgraduates. Their UK Technology Insights 2011 report showed the UKis failing to capitalise on the £50 billion productivity gain whichcould be achieved through the better use of technology,particularly by smaller companies.1

HP will work with schools,colleges and universities across the UK to deliver the courses,aiming to improve the IT skills of over 20,000 people over the nextfour years.

“Customer and channelpartners tell us that they are experiencing a growing shortage ofjob-ready IT professionals with the right skills to grow andinnovate within our businesses,” commented Nick Wilson, vicepresident and managing director, HP UK and Ireland. “HP is startingthe Institute programme to address this need. We are working witheducation to continuously enhance the talent pool of graduates withthe precise skills and experience businesses need most to help themsucceed today and in the future.”

Vince Cable, Secretary ofState for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “It is thisGovernment’s desire to improve technology education in the UK andthe IT industry and companies like HP can play an important role ingrowing the UK talent pool.
 
"The UK workforce stands to gain from initiatives such as theInstitute programme which will help provide strategic direction andensure that companies have the right skills to grow in this rapidlychanging world," he continued. 

Each module of the HPprogramme teaches industry-standard technologies, throughcourseware, practice tests and hands-on labs. Including modules oncloud computing, the courses have been designed to provide skillsthat are particularly appropriate for small and mid-sized companies– a sector which HP recently announced as a focus for its support andinvestment.

Through the HP Institute,HP will help students improve their career and earning potentialvia industry recognised qualifications and education that providespractical experience with industry-standard solutions. By offeringthe HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) qualification, academicinstitutions can elevate degree programmes to potential employersby providing more rounded and better qualified graduates with muchneeded technology skills, expertise, and business insight.

Professor Dominic Shellard,vice-chancellor at De Montfort University (DMU), said: “DMU isproud to have been selected as a launch partner for the delivery ofthe HP Institute qualification programme. DMU is working harderthan ever to prepare our graduates for the world of work. There isno doubt that our quality partnership with HP is essential inhelping us to achieve this, as many aspects of our work togetherare designed to maximise the employability of our students.Everyone who took part in the HP Institute pilot programme at theuniversity in January had a fantastic learning experience and sawexactly how the HP Institute can enhance their careerprospects.”

HP will offer links betweengraduates and HP’s 8,000 strong alliance partner and resellernetwork in the UK, encouraging them to recruit ATA certifiedprofessionals and demonstrating a preference to hire graduates withATA qualifications.

“Technology moves sorapidly it is hard for any organisation to keep pace, and findingemployees who can help is a challenge,” said Mike Wheeler,solutions director at HP channel partner ProLinx. “The HP ATA isimportant because it allows us to find staff who really understandthe technologies that businesses use now and they come to the siteready to work from day one.”

HP partnered with Certiportto distribute the programme because of its global academic scaleand the expertise it brings to packaging the programme delivery foracademic institutions. Certiport has over 12,000 testing centresworldwide.

CEO Ray Kelly, Certiport,said: “Certiport and HP are delighted to announce the availabilityof this new qualification programme that validates a students’ability to design and develop end-to-end IT solutions. The new HPAccredited Technical Associate programme provides individuals withindustry credentials that lead to job readiness andemployability.”

HP Institute learningsolutions will be distributed in the UK and Ireland by ProdigyLearning.

Andrew Flood, ChiefOperating Officer, Prodigy Learning, said: “At Prodigy Learning weare delighted to be supporting the rollout of this cutting edgecurriculum and certification programme. Our role is to supportsetup and delivery in schools, colleges and universities who areinterested in offering the hands-on job relevant experience offeredby this programme to their students. I’d encourage all to takeadvantage of this launch phase to explore HP Accredited TechnicalAssociate and see if your institution can help address the UKskills gap in the area of Cloud Computing.”

Academic institutionslooking for further information can email Prodigy Learning: hp@prodigysolutions.com.

For a preview, teachers andschools can register for the HP ATA preview programme at:www.certiport.com/hp

About HPInstitute
The HP ATA is focused on the optimisation and implementation ofend-to-end, multivendor, cross-platform IT solutions. Students willdemonstrate an understanding and engagement with the business andhow to leverage technology to achieve strategic business outcomesthrough connected innovation that far exceeds traditional‘break-fix’ learning.

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

As well as providing skillsacross the whole technology stack, the cloud module will providecross-technology integration information and a foundation inbusiness acumen for IT leaders.

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

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

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1 eSkills UKreport, UK Technology Insights 2011

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