European Software Skills Alliance

ESSA is a 4-year transnational initiative funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+, Sector Skill Alliance call for proposals, to set forward a sectoral approach to Software Skills Development.

Digital skills shortages are hampering the growth and competitiveness of companies across the whole of Europe. In 2017, more than half of EU enterprises that recruited, or tried to recruit, ICT specialists had difficulties filling their vacancies, and the situation was particularly acute when it came to the advanced digital skills required for specialist ICT positions in Software Services.

ESSA will formulate and deliver a European strategy to address skill mismatches and shortages in the Software Sector and deliver appropriate and future-focused training, qualifications and mobility solutions, geared towards sectoral realities and needs.


The global objective of this project is to design and implement a highly innovative, effective and sustainable Software Skills Strategy and Higher Education and (higher) VET 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 in order to support growth, innovation and competitiveness in the sector.

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For more information, please contact:
Valeria Muggianu
Senior Project Manager
Marie Montaldo
Project Communications Manager
José Martinez-Usero
Senior Project Manager
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