Launches Institute Program to Increase IT Skills and Employability Worldwide
Bridging the IT skills gap with
Certiport through the HP Accredited Technical Associate
BARCELONA – February 20, 2012 2012 (Certiport European Regional Summit) HP today announced the global
launch of the HP Institute, an academic partnership program designed to address
the worldwide IT skills gap. HP and Certiport are bringing practical experience
and job-ready skills into an academic setting, packaged in a way to help
students around the world obtain the IT skills and expertise that will make
them successful in the workplace.
Globally, one in three employers reports experiencing
difficulties filling positions due to lack of available talent, according to a
ManpowerGroup survey of nearly 40,000 employers across 39 countries and
territories last year.
"Our customers and partners report a growing shortage of IT
professionals with the right skills, business insight, and practical end-to-end
IT experience to help them design and implement critical new business and technology
solutions," said Susan Underhill, Vice President HP Global Certification
and Learning. "HP Institute addresses the increasing need for job ready IT
professionals by working with academia to create a continuous talent pool of
graduates with the precise skills and experience businesses need most to help
them succeed today and in the future."
The HP Institute is designed to be universally accessible for
those kick-starting their careers in IT through local schools, colleges,
universities, and apprenticeship agencies. Training includes significant
hands-on experience that prepares students for the workplace, particularly
focused on skills needed by small and mid-sized companies.
"Technology moves so rapidly it is hard for any
organization to keep pace, and finding employees who can help is a
challenge," said Mike Wheeler, Solutions Director, ProLinx. "The HP
ATA is important because it allows us to find staff who really understand the
technologies that businesses use now – and they come to us ready to work from
day one. The program is not just about textbook learning; it actually puts that
learning into practical application."
HP Institute provides academic institutions with a complete
learning solution, including an industry recognized certification, full
curriculum and practical hands-on experience through a remote lab solution. The
HP Institute will provide an industry leading curriculum for the new HP
Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) certifications across four key areas:
Connected Devices (PC, Printing); Networks; Servers and Storage; and Cloud
Solutions. HP Institute learning solutions were developed and will be marketed
and distributed by Certiport, the world's leading provider of test delivery
services for the workforce and academic markets, providing education and
certification products in 152 countries and in 27 languages. Certiport delivers
over 225,000 certification exams every month.
"Certiport has been pleased to work with HP on the design
and development of the HP ATA program," said Ray Kelly, CEO, Certiport.
"By offering ATA certification, academic institutions can differentiate
and elevate their degree programs to potential employers by providing
better-qualified graduates with the technology skills, expertise, and business
insight needed to be relevant and productive from day one."
Students will benefit from the HP Institute as they focus on
hands-on practical know-how, including remote labs experience, giving them
access to the up to date equipment they will find in the workplace and helping
them gain higher job and earning potential through industry-recognized
"HP is recognized internationally, and we wanted to give
our students skills they could carry with them anywhere in the world to get a
job," said Nick Gaunt, Instructor, Oklahoma Central Technology Center.
"Having computer skills is not enough anymore, we have to help students
learn very specific product lines so they can hit the ground running from day
one on the job instead of spending six months to a year training in the
workforce to do the job they were hired to do."
By accessing the talent pool provided through HP Institute
authorized institutions, businesses can gain continuous access to talent who
has the precise skills and expertise that IT and business leaders need to
achieve their business objectives. For more information or to participate in
the program, visit www.certiport.com/hp. Visit http://youtu.be/NHpZk_4S6i8 to
watch a video about the program.
MeasureUp offers HP ATA practice tests: HP ATA - Designing and Deploying Connected Device Solutions, HP ATA - Designing and Deploying Network Solutions, HP ATA - Designing and Deploying Server and Storage Solutions, and HP ATA - Designing and Deploying Cloud Solutions.
The HP Institute will provide an industry leading transferable
curriculum for the new HP ATA qualifications across five key areas: Connected
Devices (PC, Printing); Networks; Servers and Storage; and Cloud Computing.
As well as providing skills across the whole technology stack,
the cloud module will provide cross-technology integration information and a
foundation in business acumen for IT leaders.
The HP Institute focuses on hands-on practical know-how,
including remote labs experience, giving students virtual access to the
up-to-date equipment they will find in the workplace and removing the need for
educational establishments to invest in new hardware.
creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people,
businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP
brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to
solve customer problems. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.