House of IT (Cluster ICT)


ISM - Institute for Social Pedagogic Research Mainz., Mainz, GERMANY



Contact details of the main implementing body

Name of the organisation, original language

House of IT Darmstadt

Name of the organisation, English translation

House of IT Darmstadt


Name of the practice, original language

House of IT



Description of the practice

This cluster carries out a lot of measures to develop qualified employees and ties them to their companies. One of the most important resources of the House of IT is the major regional network that allows rapid coverage of needs. It is linked to many SMEs in the area of ICT and to many educational establishmets like universities, technical colleges. House of IT concentrates in securing and development of qualified employees as a tool for competitive advantage. Furthermore it offers free online possibilities to secure subject-specific qualification and as a support to develop soft skills.

Policy context

The area of Rhine-Main is one of Europe`s most important site for information and communication technology. The house of IT wants to make the regions scientific and economic strength worldwide visible.

Labour market context

The demographic change is one of the greatest challenges during the next years. The population will decrease and at the same time ageing of the population will happen. Therefore it is important to recruit new personald an to preserve the qualified employees in the region.


The House of IT in coorporation with scientific, political, economic and public national and local partners helps to make the area of Rhine Main and Darmstadt more visible as one of Europe`s most important ICT sites and Germany`s “Silicon Valley”, it also helps to support new foundation. Important and highly qualified scientist, ICT decision-makers, ICT students, qualified employees and investores move to Rhine Main and especially Darmstadt.

The House of IT takes an important part in qualifying and developing of ICT qualified employees.

Management and operation

House of IT is a ICT cluster.

Target groups/beneficiaries

Qualified employees (from EU and Non-EU Member States, too), young people, owners, decision-makers, educationals establishments.

Start date

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End date (actual or planned)

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Gender dimension

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Products involved in or resulting from the practice

-match the future demand with the offer of the Vocational Training and the degrees of the university
-inform the training centers and the professionals about the future needs and skill profils
-they have designed the region into an attractive landscape with many offers to qualified employees, important decision-makers and investors

Outcomes of the practice (planned/expected and actual)

-matching future needs
-inform training centers

Source of funding

National budget (tax revenue), Regional budget (tax revenue), Local/municipal budget (tax revenue), Private source(s), please specify

Main responsible body, type

Ministry or other national public body/authority. Please specify, Chamber of Commerce (or its agency) at regional or local level, Local/regional body or authority other than Chamber of Commerce or PES. Please specify

Role of implementing body

-presentation of the practise

Other bodies involved in implementation of the practice as partners or contractors


Evaluation - Was the practice evaluated?

Yes, external evaluation


Target group(s)

Employers, People seeking training


Micro enterprises, Small enterprises, Medium enterprises


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People seeking training

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B.2 Type of practice

B.2.1 Practices related to management or servicing of clients

Registration, skill assessments, identification of client needs and matching

Skill assessment, Identification of clients’ needs, Matching services

B.2.2 Practices related to labour market information and improvement of micro and smes’ procedures

Labour market information (LMI)

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Micro and SMEs’ procedures

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B.2.3 Practices related to skill mismatch reduction

Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch (targeted to unemployed or employed)

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Supports aimed at reducing skill mismatch: labour mobility

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Sharing the cost of training and skills development

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B.3 Delivery method(s)

Delivery methods involved

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B.4 Contracting out

Extent of contracting out of practice: The service is contracted out…

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B.5 Partnership

Type of partners involved in implementation of the practice

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SECTION C - Information about evaluation of the practice

When was the practice evaluated?

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Details of the organisation responsible for carrying out the evaluation

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Name of the organisation, English translation

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Web page

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Main findings of the evaluation

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Change in practice following evaluation

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C.1 Documentation of the evaluation

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Monitoring evidence

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D.1 - Evidence of results

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D.2 - Relevance

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D.3 - Availability of clear and adequate information

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D.4 - Impact

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D.5 - Innovation

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D.6 - Broad-based participation

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D.7 - Sustainability

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D.8 - Mainstreaming

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D.9 - European Added Value and Transferability

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D.10 - Additional comments

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