3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH is a Vienna-based consulting and research company, providing a wide range of products and services around the interface of education & training on the one hand and the labour market on the other. Our experience, expertise and our interdisciplinary approach in the design and implementation of projects in the field of knowledge, learning and work made us one of the leading Austrian research institutions in this field.
We develop methods and tools designed to analyse, assess and anticipate qualifications and competences. As a contractor to the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS Österreich), we have developed online databases on general vocational information (AMS Berufsinformationssystem) and on developments in labour market requirements (AMS Skills Barometer) as well as elaborate classification tools for organising occupations, skills and competences. These tools help to make skills more visible and occupational profiles more comparable; they also provide the basic resources for detecting and eventually closing skills gaps.
We are an experienced project partner in a number of European research projects, thereby coordinating, amongst others, the DISCO I + II projects (European Dictionary of Skills and Competences) and the VQTS projects (Vocational Qualification Transfer System). On European level we are actively involved in the development of ESCO (the European Skills, Competences and Occupations classification).
3s is actively involved in the development and implementation of the Austrian NQF (National Qualifications Framework) and the EQF (European Qualifications Framework) and the implementation of ECVET (i.e. the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training).
Our clients include universities, universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen), other education providers, the European Commission (DG Education, DG Employment), federal ministries, the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS Österreich) as well as other public and private institutions.