Information and Communication Technology

Using the possibilities offered by Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in all sectors of economy is a key condition for the development of the Estonian economy. ICT contributes to the competitiveness of traditional economic sectors and to changing the structure of the economy. Therefore, Estonia needs to increase the number of ICT professionals who are able to create and implement innovative technological solutions by a factor of 1.5.

The need for ICT professionals with a Master’s degree as well as broad knowledge and skills, who generate higher added value, as well as for those with a Bachelor’s degree or vocational education who have acquired better practical skills in the course of their studies, continues to increase.

Despite a number of initiatives launched in recent years to improve the quality of education in the field of ICT and to promote technological subjects, the shortage of ICT professionals continues to be a serious obstacle to the development of the ICT sector and the economy as a whole. Therefore, the ICT sector was one of the first in which the mapping of labour needs and skills was undertaken.

The OSKA expert panel on ICT consists of experts and visionaries from different companies, educational institutions and the public sector. The key partner of the Estonian Qualifications Authority in this sector is the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications.  Expert organisations: The Estonian Electronics Industries Association, Baltic Computer Systems, Datel, Codeborne, Eesti Telekom, Nortal, Proekspert, Stoneridge Electronics, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn University, University of Tartu, Tallinna Polütehnikum, the Estonian IT College, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Education and Research, SA Innove.

Short overwiev of main findings in OSKA ICT sector (.pdf)