essa. The European Software Skills Alliance

essa – is a 4-year transnational initiative funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Sector Skill Alliance programme. The project has adopted the latest European IT professional standards from The European e-Competence Framework, ensuring a common understanding of the new Software Skills Strategy between Industry, Education, and Policymakers.


The global objective of this project is to design and implement an innovative, effective, and sustainable Software Skills Strategy and VET education and training programmes for Europe that will ensure the skills needs of the rapidly expanding and evolving software sector can be met in the short, medium, and long term. The strategy will be market demand-led at its core, continuously adapting and evolving to address current and future market needs to support growth, innovation, and competitiveness in the sector.

essa will:

  • formulate and deliver a European strategy to address skill needs in the Software Sector and
  • deliver appropriate and future-focused education, training, qualifications, and mobility solutions, geared to sectoral realities and needs.
A step by step approach. 2021 Sector needs analysis and EU skills strategy. 2022 Software skills curriculum, certification and mobility programme. 2023 VET training programme piloting and rollout

Initiative Information

Website link
Digital skill level
Type of initiative
EU institutional initiative
Geographic Scope - Country
European Union
Digital technology / specialisation
Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Industry - Field of Education and Training
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
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