The project will support the implementation of the Pact for Skills by developing a sectoral skills strategy on AI. This strategy aims for systemic and structural impact on reducing skills shortages, gaps, and mismatches, as well as ensuring appropriate quality and levels of skills.

Project Duration:  48 months

Project Start: June 2022

ARtificial Intelligence Skills Alliance

The growing demand for skilled employees within the Artificial Intelligence (AI) cannot be met by current education and training programmes. Europe needs an innovative European AI Strategy that can fast-track the upskilling and of the EU’s workforce to meet this ever-increasing demand.

The ARISA project configurating the European AI Skills Alliance, sets up a consortium of 16 partners and 4 associated partners and brings together key Industry and Education stakeholders from across the domain. The ARISA consortium will work together to develop, implement and disseminate an AI European Strategy that will tackle the current and future skills shortages in the AI Sector, enabling continuous development, innovation and competitiveness within the industry.

Activities in ARISA:

  • Establishment of a long-term partnership for an innovative European Artificial Intelligence Skills Alliance
  • Design of an innovative and sustainable short term and long term Strategy
  • Development, testing and roll-out of VET and HE training curricula in 8 pilot sites (5 universities and 3 VET providers)
  • Adaptation of programmes and qualifications in line with latest market needs.

The project will be implemented in 9 work packages as follows:

WP 1 – Project management

WP 2 –  Needs analysis

WP 3 – AI Skills Strategy

WP 4 – Development of an innovative curricula and training program

WP 5 – Development of a certification system

WP 6 – Piloting in different EU countries

WP 7 – Dissemination and communication

WP 8 – Long term sustainability

WP 9 – Quality assurance


In ARISA, DIGITAL SME leads and coordinates the work on ensuring long-term sustainability of project results and contributes to the analysis of both demand and needs of AI sector in Europe.

Our work during the course of ARISA will include research activities on the state of Artificial Intelligence in labour market, creation of a strategy for a European AI Skills Strategy together with other big European players and initatives in this field. The foreseen activities will include organisation of stakeholder events such as presentations, workshops and events bringing together both with our members and other stakeholders of European initiatives related to developing the European AI community.

Name Country
Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Slovenia Slovenia
ICT Association of Hungary Hungary
BCS Koolitus Estonia
CIMEA (the Italian Centre for the NARIC-ENIC Network) Italy
German Accreditation Agency for qualification programs in the STEM field Germany
HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht Netherlands
Budapest University of technology Hungary
Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet Ireland
University of Ljubljana Slovenia
Adecco Formazione Italy
Warsaw University of Computer Science Poland
Global Knowledge France
Universidad Internacional De La Rioja Sa Spain

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme under grant agreement No 101056236.

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