HP is launching an education programme aimed at teaching IT skills to 20,000 UK students.
The company said that the HP Institute 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.
HP said that the programme will include training on cloud platforms and would specialise in training students to administrate systems for small and medium-sized businesses.
The HP Institute will seek to address what the company sees as a shortage of qualified IT administrators in the UK. The company hopes that the platform will help to close the gap in supply and demand.
"Customer and channel partners tell us that they are experiencing a growing shortage of job-ready IT professionals with the right skills to grow and innovate within our businesses," said HP UK and Ireland vice president and managing director Nick Wilson.
"HP is starting the Institute programme to address this need. We are working with education to continuously enhance the talent pool of graduates with the precise skills and experience businesses need most to help them succeed today and in the future."
HP is not the first group to launch an IT skills training programme. The UK government has been pushing a platform which would overhaul IT education, while the industry-backed Khronos group is looking to inspire young developers with its KITE programme.
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