HP Institute Programme unveiled to make IT students business-savvy

HP teams up with academic partners to bridge the gap between technically certified and ‘business-ready’ graduates.

Hewlett-Packard has launched its academic partnership programme, in a bid to bridge the gap between students that are technically certified and students that are ‘business-ready.’

The HP Institute programme, unveiled yesterday at the Science Museum, will deliver courses to UK colleges and universities. The academic institutions involved will offer HP’s Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) qualification which aims to help 20,000 people, over the next four years, with both technical skills and business insight training.

The ATA spans five key areas of study: Connected devices (PC, Printing), networks, servers and storage, and cloud computing. Many of the modules have been designed to provide students with the right business skills to work within small and medium businesses.

Brian Beneda, manager, strategy and business development, at HP said there is a big focus on the IT skills gap, at the moment, because job candidates have the right technology skills, but not necessarily the right business savvy skills.

“This programme is about learning what you need from a business perspective. A business could have the right technology solutions, but they need staff with right set of skills to get the right ROI from the technology. Through this programme businesses gain productive employees,” he said.

Beneda added: “From our customers we are hearing that candidates need to have architecture experience, be able to put that into a business context, and need to project manage. You also need to specialise in more than one technology area, as the certification industry is currently about learning one product, whereas businesses look for expertise in entire infrastructures.”

HP will encourage its 8,000 strong network of resellers and alliance partners to recruit graduates with the ATA qualification.

Vince Cable, secretary of state for business, innovation and skills, said in a statement: “It is this Government’s desire to improve technology education in the UK and the IT industry and companies like HP can play an important role in growing the UK talent pool.”

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