ABOUT ESSA

ESSA supports the Software sector in meeting the skills needs of today and tomorrow

THE ESSA INITIATIVE

Delivers a solid framework to educate and train people into high demand software roles

Europe needs a well-established strategy to skill, reskill, and upskill workers to cater for the future needs of our societies.

Today, this need is nowhere more visible than in software development, delivery, and operation — a fast-growing sector where industry stakeholders, education and training providers, and professionals need to keep up with emerging technologies and new trends.

The European Software Skills Alliance (ESSA) project will address this challenge and deliver a sustainable strategy for closing the skills gaps and fulfil the need for professional demand for software services.

To this end, the ESSA receives funding from the Erasmus+ programme and involves 26 ambitious partners from industry and academia.

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ESSA will develop:

A European Software Skills Strategy and

VET curricula, training programmes & materials

It will address skills mismatches and shortages by analysing the sector in depth and delivering future-proof curricula and mobility solutions; tailored to the European software sector’s reality.

ESSA at a glance

Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance
Software sector
4 years (2020-2024)
26 partners from 12 EU countries

Our mission

We provide current and future software professionals, learning providers, and organisations with software needs with the educational and training instruments they need to meet the demand for software skills in Europe.

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A step-by-step approach

2021

Sector needs analysis and European Software Skills Strategy.

2022

Software skills VET curricula, certification, and mobility programme.

2023

VET Training Programmes and courses piloting and rollout.

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2021

Sector needs analysis and European Software Skills Strategy.

2022

Software skills VET curricula, certification, and mobility programme.

2023

VET Training Programmes and courses piloting and rollout.

Everyone on the same page

ESSA adopts the latest European IT Professional Standards and frameworks, such as EN16234-1 e-CF together with EQF, to ensure a collective understanding of the new Software Skills Strategy between industry, education, and policy.

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Get involved

Would you like to take part in ESSA's activities, become a European Software Skills Community contributor or join the Alliance as associated partner and offer your expertise?

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