The ICS is involved in a number of national and European projects aimed at promoting and enhancing the IT profession. Read more about them below.
Europe needs a well-established strategy to skill, reskill, and upskill workers to cater for the future needs of our societies. The European Software Skills Alliance (ESSA) project will address this challenge and deliver a sustainable strategy for closing the skills gaps and fulfil the need for professional demand for software services. The ESSA project involves 26 ambitious partners from industry and academia, one of which is the ICS who are playing a key part in the research in and development of the strategy. Visit the ESSA website here: www.softwareskills.eu
The Irish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition is an association-led, multi-stakeholder initiative bringing together 50 partners from academia and education, industry, the public, and not-for-profit sector. The primary objectives of the Coalition are to strengthen the workforce and enhance the digital inclusion of all citizens, with a special focus on the digital skills of younger adults in the context of a modernised education system. Visit the Irish Coalition website here: https://www.digitalcoalition.ie/about
The project “Women4IT” is a multi-stakeholder partnership funded by the EEA Grants and the Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. The ambition of the project is to develop the digital competences of young women who are at risk of exclusion from the labour market, by improving their employability. Link to website page: https://www.ics.ie/about/w4it
Bebras is an international online motivational challenge designed to get students all over the world excited about computing and computational thinking. Every November, Bebras stages an international computer challenge to teach people about problem-solving using informatics. The ICS run the annual Bebras challenge in Ireland to inspire children to think about futures in STEM subjects. You can find out more here: https://bebras.techweek.ie
The Scratch National Competition in Ireland is brought to you by the Irish Computer Society. Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy for young people to create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music and art – and share their creations on the web. Visit the website to find out more: https://www.scratch.ie