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Qualifications and skills for the ICT industry

The eCF Council project aims to create a transnational partnership between the major players responsible for IT
professionals’ enhancement, namely employers, professional associations, social partners, VET providers,
higher education, research centers, regulatory bodies, and SMEs, across Europe. This, in response to the critical
mismatch between ICT skills, demand and offer that Europe is suffering both in terms of training and geographical distribution of the required competencies against the positions available.

During three years, the eCF Council project partnership will build the eCF Alliance, a stable network of reference
stakeholders in the ICT sector whose goal is to foster ICT professionalism at the European and international level.
It will be built upon concrete joint goals, tools and services for e-competence and IT occupation enhancement, and based on a common reference scheme for vocational qualifications and certification, compliant with the European eCompetence Framework (eCF) and the ESCO IT occupations, ensuring transparency and comparability.

The development of recognized and joint ICT VET programs and certifications based on the new ICT competence standard eCF and the ESCO IT occupations will be the initial and concrete objective of the eCF Council around which establishing the network.

Main objectives
1. Developing a common reference scheme for joint qualifications and assessment,
answering the “Dual-Thinkers” skill requirements coming out of the new digital technologies
(“SMAC stack” - social, mobile, analytics, cloud -, internet of things, cyber security, and IT Project
Management), according to the ESCO IT occupations. The scheme, based on the e-CF, EQF, EQAVET
and ECVET criteria, will guarantee VET mutual comparability and harmonization of e-skills curricula
at EU level to enable ICT skilled professionals’ and workers’ mobility.
2. Fostering social dialogue to find common sectoral agreements and job matching approaches
between workers and enterprises benefitting from the shared tools settled.
3. Establishing governance mechanisms based on continuous improvement and quality label.

Main outcomes of the eCF Alliance
The eCF Alliance will implement about 15 e-competences from the eCF 3.0 into learning units; design
and implement a joint vocational qualification based on ESCO IT occupations by pilot blended/ local/
transnational joint training actions; develop ESCO/eCF-based competence certification scheme. Such pilot
the initiative will address to European IT workers.

The eCF Alliance will build a network of stakeholders including:
Companies & SMEs
The unions representing the employees of the ICT sector are instrumental to the successful
implementation of the activities of the eCF Alliance as they can contribute to clarifying the
training needs to support the upskilling of the existing workforce.

Employers & professional associations
The eCF Alliance will provide a forum where employers and professional associations could better
communicate their skills requirements and reach a consensus on the real ICT sector skill needs
and the e-competences required for both businesses and professionals to exploit the potential
of new digital technologies.

Certification bodies
Certification bodies will be able to align closely to the market needs and measure the appropriate
elements of the professional competencies in demands.

Public authorities
Public authorities including Ministries, local authorities, and Digital National Agencies can play an
important role in supporting the key objectives of the eCF Alliance. They can help the Consortium
achieve recognition and visibility to the overall ICT professional system; aligning VET offers with
their and IT SMEs’ needs; implementing an official mechanism of governance; guaranteeing the
quality.

Social partners
The unions representing the employees of the ICT sector are instrumental to the successful
implementation of the activities of the eCF Alliance as they can contribute to clarifying the
training needs to support the upskilling of the existing workforce.

Training institutions
The eCF Alliance will allow training institutions to develop EU-wide training offers aimed to
increase the employability of students and those seeking for jobs across Europe. The IT curricula,
training programs and methodologies developed by the eCF Alliance will be aligned with the
latest frameworks and standards on e-skills both at EU and global level. This will guarantee that
the developed curricula reflect the view of ICT industry and other relevant stakeholders.

By getting involved in the activities of the eCF Alliance, training institutions will guarantee a high
quality level of the training programs, through the setup of a continuous improvement process
in the design and in the delivery of the training programs. From the users’ point of view, the
harmonized certification developed under the eCF will guarantee them a better recognition of
their competencies across Europe.

Partners:
The eCF project is co-funded by European Commission, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA ERASMUS+ Programme) and Fondazione Politecnico di Milano acts as Lead Applicant in a consortium with CEFRIEL (Italy), CNA-ICT (Italy), ADFOR S.p.A. (Italy), FIOM Lombardia (Italy), ESI Center Eastern Europe (Bulgaria), Bulgarian Association of Software Companies – BASSCOM (Bulgaria), National Agency for Vocational Education and Training – NAVET (Bulgaria), bITa Center (Netherlands), CIONET (Netherlands), EXIN (Netherlands), University of Alcalá – UAH (Spain), Services Federation of CCOO (Spain), DG Formacion – Comunidad de Madrid (Spain), PIN-SME (Belgium), DIGITAL EUROPE (Belgium). The consortium has also two associated partners: EeSA (Belgium) and CGIL (Italy).

eCF Alliance, qualifications, and skills for the ICT industry
www.eCFAlliance.org | info@eCFAlliance.org

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eCF Alliance informative brochure: brochure
eCF Alliance Newsletter No. 1: newsletter


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