Research Projects

European Qualification Strategies in Information and Communication Technologies

About EUQuaSIT project

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Initial position

Dynamic changes in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have consequences for the future development of societies and the entire economical structure in Europe. It is widely stated that especially in the field of ICT qualification European, national and regional decision-makers and practitioners need a new knowledge basis which enables them to improve the implementation of European orientated vocational education and training policies and actions. Therefore we need "to promote new concepts and models to assist European policy makers to go beyond current thinking" (Nyhan 1998, p. 20).
According to relevant labour market analysis there is a considerable demand of ICT professionals which is currently not being met in many European countries.
There is a need of systematic research activities in regard to European vocational qualification strategies in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) considering diverse working areas, places of learning, the range of qualification levels, training profiles and contents, duration of training, special initiatives etc.

Objectives of the project

Systematic collection of statistical data and empirical analysis of various national ICT qualification strategies within the system of initial and continuing vocational education and training (VET, CVT) taking into account possibilities in higher education (HE). Considering the equal opportunity theme as well as special programmes and individual initiatives in ICT for disadvantaged groups.
International comparison of national qualification strategies within the systems of initial and continuing vocational education and training aiming at the idenfication of synergies and alternatives from a European point of view.
Investigation, evaluation and international comparison on ICT working areas and its interaction with the practical organisation and implementation of qualification strategies and training in companies and training institutions in the field of ICT.
Dissemination of project results and concepts in order to stimulate future political and practical initiatives with regard to vocational education and training in the field of ICT as well as promoting the co-operation between different institutions and companies.

Target and beneficiary groups of the project

Companies, especially SMEs
Vocational schools, colleges and other training institutions,
Skilled workers, ICT-professionals and young people (trainees, apprentices etc.), disadvantaged groups, females,
European, national and regional decision- and policy makers,
Social partners and other organisations related to vocational education and training, e.g. Chambers of Commerce.

Project partners and coordination

The project research design of the project EUQuaSIT is chiefly characterised by national investigations that are regularly co-operated and evaluated from a European perspective based on the transnational work programme and objectives.

Outcomes including dissemination methods

In the process of the extensive empirical research of EUQuaSIT the following outcomes can be expected:

Outcomes of the demand, practical organisation and implementation of professions, occupations and qualification profiles in companies and training institutions in the field of Information and Communication Technologies,
Outcomes and statistical data of currently practised and developed national ICT-qualification strategies focusing on VET and CVT (framework of the project),
Outcomes with regard to special programmes and individual initiatives for disadvantaged groups in ICT
Outcomes of qualification demands with regard to the diverse working areas and working processes in the field of ICT taking into account the still increasing demand of skilled ICT-professions in companies all over Europe,
International results of the success of different national qualification strategies with regard to the still increasing demand of ICT professionals in Europe aiming at European prospects,
Support of a basic European qualification initiative in the field of ICT.


National and European publications, project reports, specialist journals and books,
Permanently up-dated results and data bases on the Internet (currently,
Dissemination of the project outcomes on specially organised regional, national and European workshops for European, national and regional decision-makers, social partners, companies, scientists, VET- and CVT practitioners, CEDEFOP, EU-Commission etc.



Fields of Study (work package I)


Fields of study (work package II)


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