Qualification Strategies in Information and Communication
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.
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.
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
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
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of study (work package II)