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  • ARISA uncovers critical AI skills gaps in the European market

    ARISA (Artificial Intelligence Skills Alliance) uncovers the critical AI skills gap between market needs and the learning offer in Europe. The AI Skills Needs Analysis identifies the most sought-after skills for technology practitioners but also for those delivering and regulating AI technology services. The EU project ARISA has released a comprehensive, market-oriented report on the current and future needs for AI skills that will help design a new, European strategy for AI upskilling and reskilling. The AI Skills Needs Analysis focuses not only on technical profiles such as AI engineers but also on near-AI professionals including business and technology leaders…
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  • ESSA releases new reports to design and develop learning programmes fit for the software services market needs

    Creating and updating curricula and learning programmes for software professionals has just been made easier. ESSA (European Software Skills Alliance) releases 3 reports to guide the design and development of an education & training offering that matches the software services market needs. ESSA’s new set of reports supports organisations and learning providers in creating or updating their education and training offers according to what is needed on the market[1]. It is also a good piece of news for learners who will be able to find and access relevant and up-to-date learning offerings for the most in-demand software roles. The “How…
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  • EU project ARISA to fast-track the AI upskilling and reskilling in Europe

    Twenty leading organisations drive the Artificial Intelligence Skills Alliance (ARISA) project to accelerate the upskilling and reskilling of employees, job seekers, business leaders, and policymakers into AI-related professions. Artificial Intelligence’s (AI) transformative potential opens Europe to new opportunities, from process automation to talent development. AI technologies could significantly impact industries such as finance, healthcare, supply chains, manufacturing, or education. Today, in the European Union, only 8% of enterprises are using an AI technology[1]. One of the biggest barriers to AI adoption within organisations is the lack of skills[2]. ARISA, an Erasmus+ project led by DIGITALEUROPE, intends to reduce the AI…
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  • 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…
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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…
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  • Groundwork to Educate for Emerging Software Jobs

    In autumn 2021, ESSA presented a report which contributed to identifying critical skills gaps for specific software role profiles, like Developers, DevOps experts, and others. Today, our experts are working on designing the right learning programmes to reconcile the market needs with the educational offerings. We are looking at the current demand for software skills but most importantly emerging needs so the educational and training offer can be adapted when it matters. In a fast-changing sector, like the software industry, relevance and timeliness are paramount. Our work must be based on solid grounds that offer both reliability and flexibility to…
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  • How to Answer the Shortage of Software Professionals with Education and Training

    We need to answer the market’s demand for software professionals. 45% of organisations estimated they will need more Developers in the next five years, but they are already in very high demand. This analysis is true for other software roles, like DevOps experts and Technical software specialists. If we are unable to answer the current demand, it is very likely that the shortage will become more and more critical. So, the question is: how can we prevent that from happening? Now is the time to act. ESSA’s “Software Skills Strategy for Europe” [] presents perspectives, expert recommendations, and actions to…
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  • What Software Roles and Skills does Europe Really Need?

    Today in Europe, Developers are the most wanted professionals in the software sector and this trend will accentuate. The companies of tomorrow will also need people that have a good understanding of the day-to-day business activities. That’s why soft skills and business knowledge need to be integrated — in the way we train individuals for software roles, but also in the way we think and embed software in our organisations. Developer is the most popular software role In its 2020 The Future of Jobs Report, the World Economic Forum listed the top 20 job roles where the demand will skyrocket.…
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  • The EU project ESSA proposes a market-driven approach to software skills development

    In recent years, digital skills have become increasingly relevant to big companies and SMEs, ICT professionals, and the EU’s future workforce. But, currently, we see a big gap between what skills the market needs and what the EU’s workforce has to offer — and it is nowhere more apparent than in software development. The European Software Skills Alliance (ESSA), kicked off last December, has been created to support the EU’s Software Sector with a solid framework for educating and training individuals into high demand software roles, with major benefits to the digital ecosystem and society as a whole. The EU…
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