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GET-IT – HP launches new programme to give young people head-start in business

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Brussels, May 3, 2007

HP today announced that it will team up with local non-profit organisations to provide IT and business training to graduates and unemployed youth in need of professional IT skills.

The ‘Graduate Entrepreneurship Training through IT’ (GET-IT) programme will provide IT equipment for these organisations as well as professional guidance courses for their trainers. It will enable them to offer interactive courses dealing with day-to-day business challenges that face young entrepreneurs.

The announcement was made in Brussels on the occasion of the ‘Responsible Entrepreneurship Exchange’ event, organised by the European Commission to discuss responsibility and competitiveness in small businesses. HP’s initiative responds to the need to encourage job creation and entrepreneurship among people below the age of 25, of whom 5 million (18 percent) were unemployed in the EU in 2006.

In the coming months, GET-IT will be integrated into the existing training initiatives of up to 35 non-profit organisations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that are already active in education and job creation. GET-IT training courses will deal with practical IT solutions for daily business challenges faced in areas such as finance, management, marketing and technology management.

Each organisation will receive the IT equipment needed for the training, in addition to the learning material and professional guidance courses for trainers. The grants are worth ,000 per organisation. In the first roll-out of the programme at least 6,000 young people will be trained in 35 centres across18 countries, making them better placed to get skilled jobs or create and run their own business.1 There are plans to expand GET-IT into other countries.

“HP believes that young people can play a greater role in micro-enterprise development, which is one of the best ways to create jobs,” said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of Corporate Marketing and Global Citizenship, HP Europe, Middle East and Africa. “This training will offer them a taste of professional life, making the transition from education to business much easier.”

GET-IT is part of HP’s Economic Development Programme and complements MAP (Microenterprise Acceleration Programme), which was launched by HP two years ago and already offers business and IT training for established entrepreneurs.2 Both programmes are run in collaboration with the Micro-Enterprise Acceleration Institute, a non-profit organisation, sponsored by HP, that provides business-related IT training.3Read more on these and other global citizenship developments in HP’s Global Citizenship Bulletin (for subscription) and CSR blog on www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/.

Participating organizations are from underserved communities in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Ireland, Nigeria, Portugal, Russia, Romania, South Africa, Ukraine, and the UK.
(2) www.hp.com/e-inclusion/en/project/map/
 www.mea-i.org Non-HP site

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