The AppSkil ICT Sector Skills Alliance invites Social Partners, Enterprises, Industry Skills Partnerships, Education Institutions and all the stakeholders of the ICT sector to cooperate in the direction of the creation and functioning of an ICT Sector Skills Council. Interested organisations can subscribed as associated partners. Associated partners get involved in thorough monitoring of labour market developments and training needs, surveys and analysis on education, qualifications and training related themes.
The AppSkil project is looking into extending collaboration with more organisations such as ICT sector representatives, VET providers and their associations, national regulatory authorities, and enterprises. Although associate partners of AppSkil may not receive direct funding, they will benefit in several ways, and their active participation in the Alliance is considered important. Associate partners will be listed in this section and will be invited to have active participation in all phases, activities and events of the project. Please use this form to contact us on how you can become a part of the AppSkil Alliance.
Coventry University Enterprises Ltd
Coventry University Enterprises Ltd, the Coordinator of AppSkil, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Coventry University. It delivers business support to over 5.000 businesses per year, offering an activity portfolio covering a broad spectrum from pre-incubation to company development, with internationalisation business advice. CUE has been appraised nationally and internationally including; Times Higher Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2011; United Kingdom Business Incubation Award for Business Incubation 2009; and the European BIC Network (EBN) 'Euro Leader 2008' for best practice in supporting business incubation initiatives and spin-off companies.
Department for Employment and Learning
The Department of Education and Learning, as one of the 11 Northern Ireland Departments, is the official body of the Northern Ireland Government for promoting learning and skills, preparing people for work and supporting the economy in Northern Ireland. The objectives of the department are to promote economic, social and personal development through high quality learning, research and skills training and to assist people into employment and promote good employment practices.
Naace is the UK Education Technology Association where schools,teachers, leaders and more share a passion for the appropriate use of technology that impacts learning. Established in 1984, Naace has become the key influential professional association for those working in Edu Tech, having approximately 1800 members. Naace represents the voice of the UK education technology community at a national and international level, supports its members across the sector through conferences, courses and the dissemination of resources, research and reflection. It plays a key role in both members’ professional development and the development of the profession as a whole, through the sharing of innovation and expertise.
South West College (SWC)
South West College is a Further and Higher Education College with typically 15.000 enrolments each year, with over 500 staff and with an annual budget of £39 million. The College is a UK Beacon award winner, offering further and higher education courses and training across a broad choice of academic and vocational subjects (business, computing, engineering etc.) with the aim to improve the knowledge and skills levels of the current and potential workforce through a range of flexible, industry relevant education and training programmes. It is a recognised centre of expertise in digital technologies and offers a unique foundation degree and high-level apprenticeship in this area in partnership with Microsoft.
South Eastern Regional College (SERC)
South Eastern Regional College is one of the largest Further and Higher Education Colleges in Northern Ireland and is committed to bringing top-class education and learning opportunities to local communities. SERC provides its practical, technical and vocational learning in response to the demands of local stakeholders and government strategies. The design of vocational programmes ensures that the learning experience provides current knowledge and skills expected by industry in order to produce a work-ready workforce with general subject specific skills and knowledge that relates to their chosen vocational area; and a flexible practical curriculum responsive to economic need. Along with the vocational qualification, other integrated components include Essential Skills, enterprise and industry-led projects designed to enhance student employability. This has resulted in excellent retention and success rates with 97% of learners progressing into employment, self-employment or further education.
The Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence (CIMEA) was established in 1984 with the aim to assist and direct individuals to obtain the evaluation / recognition of their qualifications. Mandated by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research since 1986, CIMEA is the Italian centre within the NARIC network (National Academic Recognition Information Centres) which is supported by the European Commission, the ENIC network (European Network of National Information Centres on academic recognition and mobility) which is supported by the Council of Europe and UNESCO Europe as well as the MERIC network (Mediterranean Recognition Information Centres). CIMEA provides guidance to individuals about opportunities and procedures for the recognition of foreign study qualifications; advices institutions on the comparability of foreign qualifications issues and for recognition purposes and promotes the free movement of EU citizens with particular reference to international student mobility.
Associazione italiana per l’Informatica e il Calcolo Automatico
AICA is the Italian non-profit association of ICT professionals and scholars. Established in 1961, the ultimate objective of the association is to promote and enhance the development of ICT skills improving the digital literacy from a conceptual standpoint to any practical application. Up till now, AICA has 200 associated members and 30 employees. AICA is member of CEPIS (Council of European Professional Informatics Societies) with membership of above 200,000 European informatics professionals, IFIP (International Federation for Information Processing) which represents IT societies from 56 countries, IT STAR (Regional ICT Association in Central, Eastern & Southern Europe) which comprises 19 national associations of ICT professionals, European CIO Association representing over 500,000 IT workers, ECDL Foundation and CEN Workshop on IT Skills.
Consorzio Friuli Formazione
Consorzio Friuli Formazione is a non profit training institution, founded in 1995 by the University of Udine in association with other public and private sector bodies. With experience of more than 15 years, CFF offers training, qualitative research, and consulting services for pre-employment in order to assist people to acquire the necessary skills and competences to increase their job opportunities. CFF develops and offers training courses intended to develop competences and skills for businesses in the public and private sector, as well as vocational training for individual professionals. In the ICT field, CFF offers a great variety of VET degrees including Mobile Applications Development and software engineering.
Conseil Regional de la Formation
The Regional Formation Council (CRF) is a body with regulatory function for education and training system in the Walloon Region of Belgium which comprises representatives of the Walloon regional government, local and provincial authorities and trade unions. The scope of the council’s functions is – at least – threefold: CRF is a VET authority with main duty to harmonize and update the context of vocational training in the area of local and provincial institutions which numbers over 600 institutions and 130.000 individuals. Local and provincial institutions include localities, provinces, intralocal bodies named intercommunales and institutions specialized in social matters called CPAs. CRF is an accreditation body, with activities that include evaluating the content of training programmes, providing certification to training courses and issuing qualifications to trainers. CRF possesses also a counsellor role with the main function to provide policy recommendations and guidelines to the regional government in a wide range of vocational training issues.
As the sector-oriented association of technology industries, Agoria is Belgium's largest employers' organisation and trade association representing the private sector enterprises of 13 branches of the technology industry: ICT , aerospace, automotive, construction products, contracting & maintenance, electrical engineering, industrial automation, mechatronical engineering, metals & materials, metal processing, mounting & cranes, plastics, security & defence.
Business Training is an experienced VET provider offering a range of training services and learning solutions in the fields of ICT and management. Its accumulated experience has been built on solid ground as Business Training have been providing cutting-edge ICT training sessions for about 20 years. Originally, Business Training specializes in developing and offering IT technical and end-user trainings including database intelligence, virtualisation, programming, security and networking, AutoCAD and windows. Recently, Business Training widened the range of its training catalogue to also meet the increasing demand for best-of-breed management courses (PRINCE2®, IPMA, ITIL, etc.).
Gobierno de Navarra – Departmento de educacion
Gobierno de Navarra – Departmento de educacion The Department for Education of the Government of Navarra is the official Institution responsible for Education in the Spanish self-government region of Navarra. In the Autonomous Community (AC) of Navarra, it is the responsibility of the Department of Education to establish the general conditions and the appropriate means for the real implementation of every aspect of education. This also includes the management of all public Primary, Secondary and Vocational Education.
Asociacion de Tecnicos de Informatica
Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI) The Asociación de Técnicos de Informática (ATI) listed on the Spanish National Register of Associations, is the largest, oldest, most active and influential IT professionals association existing in Spain. Founded in 1967, ATI has permanent offices in Barcelona (Headquarters), Madrid and Valencia. Having critical sector specific expertise, the key ATI’s activities include: Advocating, promoting and enhancing the development of the activity of professionals in the field of information technologies; Promoting vocational training on new technologies and supporting participation ;Developing relationships with the social and economic environment whereas the Association operates; Promoting the dissemination of information technologies and studying their impact on society and citizens; Collaborating with other IT professional bodies based in Spain and abroad, especially in Europe and Latin America.
Florida Centre de Formacio, Coop. V
Florida University is an education cooperative active at all levels of education, ranging from kindergarten through secondary education, VET and university all the way through to senior learning having approximately 3.500 students and 250 employees. Having developed close relationship with over 5.000 businesses organizations in the Valencia Region and also in other areas of Spain, it makes possible not only to provide jobs and apprenticeships for Florida students and unemployed in the region, but also to carry out continuous monitoring of professional trends and competences.
AELP – The Association of Employment and Learning Providers
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. The majority of its 670+ members are independent private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations. Membership is open to any provider committed to quality provision and it includes 38 FE colleges involved in work based learning. AELP Members train 75% of England's 850,000 apprentices currently on programme.