A New project to Drive ICT Professional Up-skilling and Employability

About the eCF Alliance

The eCF Council 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 centres, 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 trainings and geographical distribution of the required competences 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 recognised and joint ICT VET programmes 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.

The main objectives of this initiative

  • 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 EQF, EQAVET and ECVET criteria, will guarantee VET mutual comparability and harmonisation of e-skills curricula at EU level to enable ICT skilled professionals’ and workers’ mobility.
  • Fostering social dialogue to find common sectorial agreements and job matching approaches between workers and enterprises benefitting from the shared tools settled.
  • 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 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 certifications.
Such pilot initiatives will address at least 120 IT professionals/workers.

The eCF Alliance will build a network of stakeholders including:


Timeline of the implementation of the project:


The main partners of the project:


via ecfalliance.org