New ESSA community wants to bring more software skills and professionals to the market.

ESSA (European Software Skills Alliance) opens the ESSA Software Skills community to the world. The main goal of this community of practice is to connect individual minds to answer together the software services’ upskilling and reskilling challenges of our decade.

At the heart of the community: the people. ESSA wants to give a voice to individuals who educate, train, or work with software professionals, but also to the professionals themselves and any people interested in the software profession.

The community relies on the principles of shared interest and complementarity. Everybody has a say and can bring their knowledge and experience to the mix. It is meant to be a helpful tool for those who want to learn about software skills development but also bring in new knowledge, give teaching and learning tips, or share good practices on human resources and career management.

Members of the community can expect to:

  • Gain an in-depth overview of the software skills market needs and challenges in different EU countries.
  • Build new connections with like-minded people while discussing real issues and co-creating concrete solutions.
  • Learn from some of the finest experts working towards software skills development in the EU.
  • Be part of a community that inspires and matters.

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The community is associated with ESSA — an EU-funded alliance to boost software skills and re-align the educational offerings with the market needs.

About ESSA

ESSA is a transnational project funded under the Erasmus+ programme to boost software skills in Europe and re-aligning the educational offering and the market’s demand.

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ESSA educational profiles for software roles and how to use them

The software sector evolves rapidly, and employers are seeking more software professionals to fill vacant positions alongside keeping their employees up to date with new developments — skilling, upskilling, and reskilling are therefore needed.

To reconcile the workforce requirements with the educational offerings, ESSA releases the next generation of educational profiles for software roles — Developer, DevOps expert, Solution designer, Test specialist, and Technical (software) specialist.

The profiles translate the employers’ skills needs[1] into educational terms. The competencies, skills, and knowledge required to succeed in a software professional role are integrated into a full set of measurable learning outcomes.

ESSA makes available nine education profiles to cover five software roles at different qualification levels — ranging from Vocational Education and Training (VET) to Bachelor, to Master. Here’s how to use and get the most out of them.

2022 ESSA Educational Profiles per EQF levels

  • For employers: The educational profiles guarantee that individuals who have completed them possess the competences needed to fill corresponding software roles. When recruiting or considering up-/reskilling pathways for employees, they are a helpful tool to evaluate job readiness and identify gaps.
  • For educational institutes: The educational profiles help align (existing) programmes with the new workforce requirements for software roles and increase graduates’ employability potential. When designing or updating programmes, they can be used flexibly to fill in the gaps in the educational offering by incorporating all or selected learning units.
  • For training providers: The educational profiles provide general training pathways to take up software roles. When delivering training, these can be made more specific and even personalised by assessing and complementing the learners’ base knowledge, skills, and competencies to fulfil their up-/reskilling and career prospects.
  • For software professionals: Staying up to date in the software industry is a lifelong learning experience. An educational profile helps you to compare your profile against the employers’ expectations for a software role and identify the learning outcomes to be completed to stay relevant.
  • For career changers and aspiring software professionals: Software is a booming sector, offering many career opportunities. The educational profiles can guide your decision-making process and allow you to self-evaluate and quickly identify the knowledge, skills, and competencies you need to successfully start a software career.

Download the ESSA educational profiles for free.