From Education to Employment (McKinsey Report & Webcast)

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Around the world, governments and businesses face a conundrum: high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with critical skills. How can a country successfully move its young people from education to employment? What are the challenges? Which interventions work? How can these be scaled up? This McKinsey Report and December 10th Webcast) can help answer those questions.

For more information, downloading the report and webcast registration (I already registered!) go to:

Report Cites the Importance of R&D as Driving Force for New Industries and Jobs (from CHE)

As President Obama and lawmakers argued about the budget, a White House advisory panel (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) issued a 124-page report repeating the advice of spending more money on scientific research, and doing it more wisely, this time with another dose of urgency. One of the reasons for the US decline in R&D investments stated in the report is that traditional corporate research labs have dissappeard (not @ HP!).

“The United States “risks losing its leadership in invention and discovery—the driving force behind the creationg of new industries and jobs that have propelled the U.S. economy over the past century.”

The report addresses the two objectives of (1) enhancing long-range U.S. investment in basic and early-stage applied research and (2) reducing the barriers to the transformation of the results of that research into new products, in-dustries, and jobs.

In my view, I think the US would be more effecitve and efficient if R&D partnerships between universities, industry and government research labsmwould be supported, as other countries do. Increasing investments in universities only will not be enough.

CHE – Centrality of Research Nov 30 2012

NEW! HP Institute: a Unique Academic Partnership Program

HP Institute is an academic partnership program that provides students with the business-ready IT skills that industry needs.  Through the HP Institute program, HP makes it easy for academic institutions to enhance their degree programs with industry context and practical experience that will differentiate their graduates as they enter the workforce.  The HP offering includes a complete curriculum, a practice test that prepares students for an industry recognized certification, and hands-on lab experiences that enable a student to design and implement an entire end to end IT solution for a small or medium business company.  HP has packaged the complete learning solution into an ATA (Accredited Technical Associate) certification.  There are four academic courses available: 

  • Connected Devices provides the ability to discover a company’s business objectives and design a multi-device, connected client solution incorporating PCs, tablets, mobile internet clients.
  • Networks provides the ability to translate the business objectives of a company into a technology strategy and design a secure wired and wireless network solution.
  • Servers & Storage provides the ability to discover a company’s business objectives and to design a design an appropriate server, storage and application solution.
  • Cloud provides the ability to translate a company’s business objectives into a technology strategy and to design end-to-end IT solutions that include on-site, hosted and cloud based solutions in a small and medium business environment.

HP is the first IT vendor to provide an IT architecture certification including practical experience and job-ready skills into an academic setting.  Working with education enables HP to ensure continuous availability of talent that has precisely the skill and expertise that IT and business leaders need to achieve their business objectives.

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