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Channel works with HP to boost computer skills

Channel partners have been involved with a competition to provide schools with access to a suite of hardware and software worth £20,000

HP has revealed the schools that have won awards in its Ripple Effect campaign as the vendor works with channel partners to try and improve the computer skills in the next generation.

The vendor launched its Ripple Effect campaign back in the summer working with Misco, Softcat, XMA and Academia as well as Intel to make sure schools could get access to decent kit.

Those educational institutions that had recently purchased HP products were given the chance to compete for a Learning Studio, which includes equipment worth around £20,000, explaining why they were worthy of being given the prize.

School submissions were judged by the vendor and channel partners with the four winners - Handsworth Grammar School in Birmingham, Leighton Park school near Reading, The Bourne Academy in Bournemouth and Activate Learning based in Oxford - being announced today to make sure they get the Learning Studio installed before the end of the year.

“The STEM worker shortfall is estimated at 40,000 in the UK. With more jobs being created to meet the shifting demands of the digital economy, this gap is only going to widen”, said Neil Sawyer, channel and education director, HP UKI.

“HP believes it can boost STEM learning by reinventing the way we teach these skills in schools. The careers of tomorrow will be in robotics, programming and engineering. Early access to this technology for schools, its staff and students is critical to the UK economy. By working alongside as many schools and colleges as possible HP hopes to inspire people to be the inventors of tomorrow," he added.

HP has installed Learning Studios at 66 sites around the world, with recent projects in Jordan set up to help Syrian refugees continue to get an education.

HP has backed the government's UK Digital Strategy, announced in March, which aims to boost the STEM skills of students to ensure that the country is in a position to compete globally.

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