IT Professionalism Online Conference

Date: 12/10/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with fast-moving digital technology and a lack of digital competence in SMEs are all putting pressure on today’s IT industry professionals and practitioners. The IT Professionalism Online Conference, held on 12 October 2020, looked at how organisations can tackle the challenges related to IT staff and how the e-Competence Framework (e-CF) can help advance their skill sets.

The IT Professionalism Online Conference was co-hosted with our partners eSkills Malta Foundation and the Irish Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition and included keynote speakers representing the European Commission as well as other public and private sector stakeholders. Discussions centered on the initiatives that can be taken to advance digital skills and competences in Europe. The event was organised ahead of a larger, face-to-face event to be held in early 2021.

A full summary of the event can be found here:

Useful links

The event programme, as well as session recordings and presentations, can be found below.


Welcome to the conference and background setting


Developing IT Professionalism in Europe


Tackling skills needs in Software through the Blueprint for Sectoral Cooperation for skills


National Coalitions on digital skills


Panel 1 – Spearheading the Covid-19 recovery through digital skills: challenges and solutions


Moderator: Mary Cleary, Irish National Coalition

Panel 2 – e-Competence Framework in Practice: Companies and Higher Education


Moderator: Mary Cleary, Irish National Coalition

Final remarks and looking forward to the conference in 2021 and Questions & Answers