Buckinghamshire New University has partnered with HP to deliver the HP Institute Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) programme.
Commencing this autumn, the pay-as-you learn programme is based around the new HP Institute course, which launched in the UK in February.
Teaching industry-standard technologies through courseware, tests and hands-on labs, the course has been designed to provide skills which are particularly appropriate for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
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“We have worked with HP for a number of years, and this initiative follows hot on the heels of the recent Bucks New University and HP work-based Foundation Degree in IT Services Management," said Professor Derek Godfrey, deputy vice-chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University.
“This is a two-year, work-based course which is being taught through flexible learning at Bucks New University and at HP in Bracknell. Bucks and HP will continue to innovate and widen participation to meet demand for IT skills training,” he said.
The HP Institute ATA training has been specifically developed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in IT, students wishing to follow industry-approved training in parallel with their academic studies, and employers who wish to develop the skills of their internal IT function.
“HP, the largest technology company in the UK, along with partners and millions of customers and the rest of the industry, has experienced a shortage of job-ready IT professionals,” said Nick Wilson, vice-president and managing director for HP UK and Ireland.
He said HP started the Institute programme to address this need for more job-ready professionals.
“We are delighted to be working with Bucks New University to train students with the skills businesses require to future-proof success,” said Wilson.