University developing courses that complement HP Foundation Degree for students

London, July 26, 2012 – HP and Bucks New University today announced the delivery of the HP Institute Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) programme as part of the University’s IT training offering. The programme, which will receive its first student intake in the autumn, provides a flexible, low-cost way for individuals and businesses to develop skills and access IT courses and training events on a pay-as-you-learn basis, based around the new HP Institute course that launched in the UK in February.

The programme will be based on the HP Institute blend of practical experience and job-ready skills. It teaches industry-standard technologies, through courseware, practice tests and hands-on labs. It has been designed to provide skills that are particularly appropriate for small and mid-sized companies – a sector which HP has as a focus for support

Professor Derek Godfrey, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University explained, “We have worked with HP for a number of years, and this initiative follows hot on the heels of the recent Bucks New University and HP work-based Foundation Degree in IT Services Management. This is a two-year, work-based course which is being taught through flexible learning at Bucks New University and at HP in Bracknell. Bucks and HP will continue to innovate and widen participation to meet demand for IT skills training.”

“HP, the largest technology company in the UK, along with partners and millions of customers and the rest of the industry, has experienced the shortage of job-ready IT professionals,” commented Nick Wilson, vice president and managing director, HP UK and Ireland. “HP started the Institute programme to address this need and we are delighted to be working with Bucks New University to train students with the skills businesses require to future-proof success.”

The HP Institute Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) training has been specifically developed for:
• individuals interested in pursuing a career in IT;
• students wishing to follow industry-approved training in parallel with their academic studies;
• employers who wish to develop the skills of their internal IT function.

Anyone interested in the HP Institute ATA programme should call David Podger on 01494 605 012, or email

About Bucks New University
Buckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893 as the School of Science and Art.

The University now offers a range of exciting and innovative awards not widely available in the sector, from commercial pilot training to music industry management, textiles and furniture. Its courses are aligned to specific employment markets: the creative and cultural industries; the management and information management sectors; and the public sector. Website:

About HP
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