Press Release: October 19, 2009

More than 100,000 young people benefit from HP´s GET-IT training courses in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

The GET-IT programme launched in 2007 provides IT training to unemployed youth and graduates between the ages of 16 and 25, and helps potential entrepreneurs acquire IT skills with the aim of enabling them to become better placed to create and run their own businesses. GET-IT courses teach practical hands-on IT solutions for daily business challenges in areas such as finance, management, marketing and technology management. With this programme HP also aims to address one of the most critical needs to qualify more young people on IT and entrepreneurship skills to enable them to contribute to the economic development of their countries.

Encouraging entrepreneurship through GET-IT in Nigeria
The Government of Ebonyi State, Nigeria, selected twenty-five young unemployed graduates and granted each of them a micro-credit to enable them to start their individual agricultural enterprises. With the help of the GET-IT training the participating graduates established their very own farm businesses and had the tools to improve efficiency and productivity. In August 2009 the Governor of Ebonyi State officially launched the website about the twenty-five young Ebonyi Farmers which can be seen at www.ebonyistatesonghaiyouthfarmers.org .


Rachel Odii was one of the graduates selected. She established her own farm business ‘Bridge farms’ after being trained in agriculture and in the GET-IT programme.
Commenting on her involvement Rachel said, “The GET-IT programme has given me the potential to showcase my work to the world and has shown me how to improve my productivity. Through GET-IT I have learnt how to use the internet as a window to see what others are doing, how your products are being utilized and how best to modify. We are digital now farmers, ”

GET-IT success in Romania
Pavel Matei Mihail from Romania was a full time employee, working as a programmer. In 2008 he had launched the website www.konkurs.ro but didn’t have the courage to turn it into a business.


“Participating to the GET-IT Training program helped me to realise that most of the tools I needed to take that step were already at my disposal.” said Pavel. “Being a technical person myself, GET-IT taught me how to optimise the use of my IT skills in a business context, shifting my focus from creating pretty, feature-rich applications to solution-oriented software.”

The GET IT training made Pavel believe in himself and gave him the push he needed to start taking on real business challenges. Six months later his business had generated 20.000 Euros in revenue and had spawned several partnerships with big online companies in Romania.

HP helps young entrepreneurs in France
Aissatel joined the GET –IT program in France with the aim of launching her own business as web designer. She had experience in creating logos and web sites, however, was not confident with numbers and the XL programme. Partaking in the GET IT trainings she discovered she could change her hypothesis of sales and her expenses with the XL tool. With the help of these GET – IT, Aissatel registered her company in September and won her first client - a molecular cuisine chef!


“HP believes that entrepreneurship is vital for the economy and that young people can play a major role in creating their own businesses and their own jobs,” said Gabriele Zedlmayer, Vice President Global Citizenship, HP. “So far approx. 100, 000 young people have been involved in the programme and the above case studies show how these courses teach young potential entrepreneurs a range of technology tools that are helpful in the set up and management of their future businesses.”

GET-IT City and new serious gaming

Those who do not live close to a GET-IT training centre in EMEA will be able to access some of the courses online. HP and its partner MEA-I have created a web portal where any potential young entrepreneur can log on for training and advice. The new online ‘serious game’ called Blossom will enrich the GET-IT City portal and looks at management and role playing. It is due to be launched at the end of October 2009. The player’s mission is to save, manage and develop a flower business, to increase turnover and to improve customer satisfaction. To achieve the mission, the player runs the plantation and the office, interacts with the clients in the market place and gets advice in the resource centre. The more the business grows, the more new situations occur and the more skills the player develops.

GET-IT is part of HP’s social investment strategy aimed at innovating teaching and learning to help young entrepreneurs in achieving success in their future careers. The programme provides IT equipment, a cash donation, access to the GET-IT curriculum (T-Tools) as well as a training of trainers for the respective local partner organisations.


With the help of its partners MEA-I, UNIDO, World ORT, HP has rolled out the GET-IT programme in over 100 centres in 30 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, reaching more than 100,000 young people through combined online and offline training courses. HP and its partners plan to grow GET-IT even further to reach over 500,000 young people by the end of 2010.


For more information on the HP GET-IT Programme, please visit www.graduate-training-through-it.net/

About HP
HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com/.

About MEA-I
In order to provide GET-IT training across EMEA, HP partners with the Micro-Enterprise Acceleration Institute (MEA-I), a non-profit organisation and key partner, that develops immersive training and works with local authorities and business associations to help advance teaching and learning programmes for young entrepreneurs and small business owners.
www.mea-i.org 

About UNIDO
UNIDO is a specialised agency of the United Nations system that works towards improving the quality of life of the world’s poor by helping countries achieve sustainable industrial development. UNIDO views industrial development as a means of creating employment and income to overcome poverty. It helps developing countries and economies in transition to produce goods they can trade on the global market. It also helps provide the tools – training, technology, and investment – to make them competitive. At the same time, it encourages production processes that will neither harm the environment nor place too heavy a burden on a country’s limited energy resources. UNIDO has 173 Member States and has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria. More information is available at www.unido.org .

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