Title WOMENT. Training for entrepreunership, improving the women's employment
Project Number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66406
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
In current times of crisis it is necessary to develop some initiatives which mean an opportunity to improve socio-labour conditions of EU citizens. One common problem of the current economic crisis is unemployment.
Long-term unemployment means an aggravating factor of the problem. Apart from its social and economic impact, it affects social cohesion and could hinder growth.
One common problem of the current economic crisis is unemployment.Long-term unemployment means an aggravating factor of the problem. Apart from its social and economic impact, it affects social cohesion and it could hinder growth.
One efficient alternative to face unemployment is self-employment. Entrepreneurship becomes an opportunity for independence and economic stability among members of the group of unemployed. High level of unemployment has created the necessity for people to generate their own resources, to start their own business, and to become employers instead of employees. This opportunity is especially suitable for women.
According to a study by the EC, there are three types of obstacles encountered by women to start a business: contextual; economic ("less financial credibility" for women); and other "minor" obstacles.
Training is an essential tool to promote entrepreneurship culture. The main objective has been to train unemployed women in the EU countries in the field of entrepreneurship and self-employment, so that they can successfully face the process of becoming autonomous and entrepreneurs.
• To establish the profile of entrepreneur women in Europe.
• To develop a guide of good practices that includes European experiences of entrepreneurship.
• To develop training materials on entrepreneurship that could be used in various training and educational environments.
• To present and disseminate educational content using several methodologies.
• To promote a culture of entrepreneurship among unemployed women (long-term).
7 organizations from 5 countries participate in the project (Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland and Spain). The distribution of tasks has been carried out according to professional specialization and its fields of activity. There has been a political partner (in contact with the group of entrepreneur women) that supports work to be developed from the point of view of the success of entrepreneurship; a technological partner (that designs and develops different ICT-related items); and five technical partners (to develop research work, elaboration of training materials, implementation, dissemination, etc.).
The main final product is training material (face to face and on-line modality) that helps encourage entrepreneurship culture among the unemployed women collective in the EU and facilitates its qualification in entrepreneurship. The expected impact is to increase those qualifications among the target group and to facilitate the design and development of training policies for entrepreneurship.
The scheduled work has been divided into work packages (WP), which have been organized in: time, goals, tasks and activities, methodology, products and outcomes, and resources. Three of the WP (1, 2 and 3) have been developed throughout the lifetime of the project. The other three (4, 5 and 6) have been consecutive in time and labour occurred cumulatively: work designed in each of them has depended on the results obtained in the previous one. This has allowed for consistency in the different results, after having scheduled tasks and activities taking into account the achievement of final and common goals.
The consortium has assigned different roles to each different participating partner based on their professional expertise and performance area. These roles have been complementary and have allowed to ensure the achievement of outputs and outcomes of the highest quality, and adapted to the objectives pursued. There has been a political partner (AMESAL in the starting, then ESFERA), a technological partner (Qbit), and five technical partners (CVT. G. Anaptixis, Second Chance, BD Center, IFES). The balance between the different tasks and activities of each of them in the different WPs has been reflected in the budget allocation and the work program. The European perspective has been present from the beginning of the project, ensuring that the achievement of outputs and outcomes can be applied in any European geographical context, beyond the territory of the participating countries (Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy and Spain).
The WPs designed in the work program have been:
WP1. Comprehensive management and coordination (24 months). Partner in charge: IFES (ES)
WP2. Dissemination (24 months). Partner in charge: BD Center (PL)
WP3. Quality Plan (24 months). Partner in charge: Second Chance (BG)
WP4. Research and Analysis: Good Practices Guide and profile of the European Entrepreneur Women. Partner in charge: CIAPE (IT)
WP5. Development of training material. Partner in charge: CVT. G. Anaptixi (GR)
WP6. Implementation and training material test. Partner in charge: ESFERA (ES)
Four meetings of the association have been developed: one at the beginning, two interim meetings and one at the end. The main purpose of the initial meeting has been to establish contact among all the members of the association and to ensure all the partners were fully aware of the project as a whole, and to agree the specific methodology of the WP. This first meeting has been held in Spain and organised by IFES. The second interim meeting has been organised by BDCenter in Poland. The third meeting has been organised by CIAPE in Italy. It has been used to share the results obtained, and to agree the methodology for the next WP and resolve any potential problems. The final meeting has been held in Bulgaria and organised by Second Chance, it has been used to share the results obtained by the association during the project and to determine future ways for the members of the association to work together. The agenda for the meetings has been prepared by the promoter (IFES) and the hosting partner, who has elaborated the meeting minutes.
Open and distance learning
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Other Service Activities
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Administrative and Support Service Activities
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
open and distance learning
Guide on Good Practices.
Profile of European enteprising woman.