Helping HP bridge the IT Skills Gap
24th Feb 2012
Yesterday saw the launch of the NEW HP Institute in the UK at the Science Museum in London. As a HP training partner delivering sales and technical certifications we're always excited about the development of new audiences to spread the word to.
HP said that the HP Institute (an academic partnership programme) would target college and university-level students, focusing on job skills necessary for work as an IT professional. In addition to course materials, the programme will provide hands-on labs and test preparation services.
The HP Institute will seek to address a shortage of qualified IT administrators in the UK.
Nick Wilson, UK managing director for HP, said the aim of training 20,000 new students over the next 4 years will be a challenge especially considering only something like 4% of current university students are taking an IT related course.
App and games development has been a popular new vocation but a majority of IT jobs in the UK relate to planning, deploying and administering IT in a business context, and 1 in 18 people at work in the UK are doing that very job today.
Here at Creation we've been with this programme for many years, launching HP's first Foundation Degree (FdSc) with Thames Valley University (now the University of East London), and the HP ATA qualification will be a welcome addition to that portfolio.
Training thought education to address the IT skills gap needs to take into account:
- Understanding the business context of technology. So a being able to translate a business objective to a technology strategy.
- Building end to end expertise. Cross platform, multi platform and integrated.
- And of course have hands on experience.
This is a programme 'Based in Industry Standards, Powered by HP' and covers all these areas including innovative HP Remote Labs.
We're very excited about the launch of our new virtual learning centre with HP called Creation Academy - you can register for all courses and access over at our portal
(http://www.itexperthub.com/) and we're investigating how we can use this facility to deliver the content to a wide audience, including the education sector.