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Project partners

22 June 2016

The eCF Council consortium is composed of industry associations, social partners, Small-Medium sized Enterprises, public authorities, research centres, training institutions and certification bodies who joined forces and expertise to launch the “eCF Alliance”.

Below is an overview of the project partners.

FPM: FPM is the operational structure of the “Politecnico di Milano” and several relevant private and public founder companies. It is the bridge between the academia and the market, managing large projects and programmes on applied research and innovation. It facilitates the establishment of social local and transnational partnerships, supports the development of new organisations and laboratories, and fosters new competences.

CEFRIEL: ICT Center of Excellence for Research, Innovation, Education and industrial Labs partnerships. CEFRIEL is a not-for-profit organization founded in Milan in 1988. The primary objective of the centre is to strengthen existing ties between the academic and business worlds in the innovative ICT sector at national and international levels through leading research activities, development projects of innovative products and services, post-graduate master programs, and advanced educational programs for companies and professionals.

CNA ICT: CNA ICT is the professional association on ICT of CAN, the largest Italian Association of micro, small and medium enterprises. CNA ICT is an autonomous association inside the system; it uses all the CNA infrastructures, it aims at promoting professionalism, providing political representation, supporting professional updating and certifications an ICT area.

ADFOR SpA: Adfor is an independent company of “Consulting, Technology Consulting, Education and Human Resources”. Adfor supports the Businesses in the projects implementation, at different complexity levels, with a wide range of services as both a consultancy and technology partner. Adfor is committed to the development of ICT skills and helping companies to discover and enhance existing skills, or to fulfill all gaps identified.

FIOM CGIL Lombardia: FIOM is a Trade union which organises and protects workers in the metallurgic and mechanical sector at a regional level. It is the first Trade Union for affiliated number (84475 affiliated workers) over every Lombardy province. It represents ICT sector as well, particularly settled in Milano and Brianza provinces.


ESI CEE: ESI Center Eastern Europe was established in 2003 as a public-private partnership. The mission of ESI CEE is to increase ICT professional skills and qualifications in Eastern European region. ESI CEE is specialized in providing trainings and certifications to ICT practitioners in the field of Quality Management, leading ICT projects & teams, information security, strategic ICT business planning and management.


BASSCOM: Bulgarian Association of Software Companies. BASSCOM is a non-profit industry association representing more than 60 leading companies developing software products and systems and over 100 associated members (universities, foundations, venture capital funds, etc). Its main objectives are to promote the Bulgarian software industry, develop professionalism and competitiveness, work for the improvement of the education system and the introduction of e-government, and participate in creating and implementing policies for effective IT investments.

NAPOO (NAVET): NAVET is a Council of Ministers’ body for provision, modelling and supporting vocational education, training and information system. NAVET establishes mechanisms for quality management of the institutions carrying out vocational education, training and guidance. The organisations’ basic activity directions are: Licensing and conducting follow-up control of the centres for vocational training and the centres for information and vocational guidance.

bITa Center: bITa Center acts as the focal point and knowledge hub that highlights IT-IT Alignment and Business IT Alignment as sets of relationships among strategies, frameworks and best practices. bITa Center provides a number of longstanding and top quality Masterclass series for its Masterclass Institute. Many of them - but not all - have a IT management content orientation.

CIONET: CIONET is a rapidly growing pan-European network of CIOs and their direct reports from large and medium sized organisations. CIONET offers its members practical insight through peer connections, enabling them to network more effectively and efficiently for business advantage, through a combination of online and offline activity, mixing international online networking with local events.

EXIN: EXIN is one of the world's leading providers of independent certification for professionals in the ICT domain and accreditation of ICT related training, ISO-certified (ISO 9001:2008). EXIN’s head office is based in Utrecht. It cooperates with hundreds of accredited partners worldwide, who provide training, develop courseware and manage examination centres.

UAH - University of Alcalá. UAH is a public university of the Region of Madrid (Spain). Its activity covers traditional higher education including master and PhD level, research and other projects with three campuses and a scientific and technological park with tens of companies. UAH has around 20.000 undergraduate students, 5000 postgraduate students and circa 3000 students in CVET (continuing education and training).

CCOO Servicios - Federación de Servicios de CCOO. The Services Federation of CCOO is a trade union where members are single Trade Unions and Country or Region Federations. It is integrated under the larger Trade Union Confederation of Workers' Commissions (CCOO, one of the two main trade unions in Spain). Its scope is mostly companies in the services sector. The entity represents 4.500.000 people working in 1.500.000 companies.

DG Formacion – Comunidad de Madrid: The General Directorate of Vocational Training is the regional government agency responsible for Vocational Training for Employment in the Community of Madrid. The Training Centers are specialized on sectors and areas of vocational training, among which ICT, and they all manage training courses for unemployed, training more than 6.000 students per year.

European Digital SME Alliance: The European Digital SME Alliance is the first European association of the ICT sector exclusively focused of representing the interests of SMEs. Its members are fourteen national sectorial SME associations from different EU countries, representing more than 50.000 enterprises, which employ around 200.000 people across Europe.

DIGITALEUROPE: DIGITALEUROPE is the voice of the European digital technology industry. It is composed of major multinational companies and national associations from European countries. DE’s mission is to implement and foster at EU and International level ground-breaking and far reaching initiatives in the field of e-skills and e-learning to fill the gap of ICT- related jobs as set by the EC in its priorities for the Digital Agenda for Europe.

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