Europe is increasingly confronted with a skills gap issue, represented by the difference in skills needed by employers and those possessed by young people. The HP Foundation is helping to tackle this issue through HP LIFE, a programme that offers participants free access to online courses that provide basic business and IT skills training, looking to meet the need for STEM skills in Europe.
The programme consists of 25 self-paced courses, covering the core areas of communications, operations, marketing and finance, as well special topics including effective leadership, energy efficiency and social entrepreneurship. Users also benefit from additional features that extend and deepen their learning, such as expert advice and access to a global online community. The programme is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, making it easily accessible to a European audience.
By the end of 2016, over 600,000 people worldwide had registered to use HP LIFE. This includes more than 5,000 students who took part in JA Europe student programs, such as the Social Innovation Relay and the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass. HP LIFE was selected by Bertelsmann Stiftung as one of 12 global best practice initiatives for responsible entrepreneurship as part of its 2016 Reinhard Mohn Prize.