Title Keys for Women Economic and Labour Empowerment: Gender-based learning model for disadvantaged women to acquire qualifications for office management - KWELE
Project Number LLP-LdV-TOI-2007-TR-042
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Both in EU and candidate countries, women are left aside of the Labour Market due to structural (no access to Higher Education, low social background) or conjonctural reasons (maternity leave, raising children, handicap, etc). In Turkey, according to official statistics (TSI, January 2007) and the EC observations, women stand for only 26% of the Labour force. “Research reveals that women who are married, pregnant or have children may be denied employment”
Moreover, in the context of globalisation and EU markets’ integration, most of SME require from their staff to have foreign language basic knowledge and computer literacy, as well as strong social and interpersonal skills. The above-mentioned women clearly need to be given the chance to acquire these competences for them to enter the European Labour Market.
To address this issue and contribute to a successful enlargement of the EU, the project m enhanced cooperation in vocational education and training between Member States and candidate countries, by ensuring compatibility between the national approaches. As stated by the Copenhagen Declaration, on the 30th of November 2002, only cooperation-based “strategies for lifelong learning are essential to promote employability, social inclusion and personal development”.
During this projet, a pilot program had been implemented for 5 days in 4 partner countries: Greece, Latvia, Poland and Turkey for totally 47 disadvantaged women.
In order to prepare this training program, 3 outcomes of 3 different projects were transferred such as gender featured curriculum, ICT skills and pre employment skills.
In the newly enlarged EU and candidate countries, women are left aside of the Labour Market, especially those assuming familial responsibilities and those lacking the chance to have had access to Higher Education. Given the competitive structure of the EU Labour Market in the beginning of this 21st century, both private and state-owned companies require from their staff employees ICT and foreign language competences as well as strong social and interpersonal skills – which most of disadvantaged women do not have yet.
The project aims at developing a model (based on innovative former ones) to empower women with social and vocational skills for them to become or remain competitive on the Labour Market, and to be able to present certified qualifications to the potential employers in and out of their country (in case of migration/mobility of the family). By assessing and adapting the women’s needs to the current demands of the Labour Market, the project will also contribute to narrow the gender gap, visible in all European countries. Above all, disadvantaged women will be the focus of this project, by receiving a pilot training on vocational qualifications dedicated to office management in any type of SME.
The combination of older and newer Member States, as well as a candidate country, all from different parts and cultures of Europe, will give to the project its European “diverse” and coherent substance. Besides, the partners have a broad experience in conducting projects related to vocational education of women, and/or in coordinating LDV Projects. They will then facilitate the transfer of innovative practices or contents in other countries, while paying attention to the interactivity between the members of the project. The coordinating partner will thus ensure that a cooperation network is established between institutions or organisations providing learning opportunities, SME, social partners and other relevant bodies throughout Europe.
In order to adapt innovative ideas, a comparative survey to analyse disadvantaged women’s needs to access the Labour Market (Office Management qualifications) will be led and put into practice through an operational guide for “transfer and adaptation”. After developing a “gender-oriented” trainers’ network and adapting a specific “gender-featured” curriculum for these trainers, partners will also transfer and re-design country specific training programmes for disadvantaged women. The model is dedicated to adapt trainings within 2 steps: theoretical ones about confidence empowerment, and practical ones for employability improvement. A Quality Testing of the model will be conducted for one of the qualifications (ICT): A small group of trainers will receive a pilot training on Gender issues and ICT, and will then deliver an experimental training to a small group of women. Examination procedure and Certification will also be developed and partially implemented. Dissemination activities will be a crucial part of the project to reach social and economic stakeholders directly and indirectly involved in policy-making.
The “women economic and social empowerment” model will be disseminated at transnational and local levels throughout EU Member states and candidate countries, which will create a harmonised concept of how disadvantaged women could access (again) the Labour Market. When implementing these training methods – adapted to national situations – disadvantaged women will acquire concrete vocational qualifications to enter positions for office management (mostly in SME), and will be able to handle interviews and perform their interpersonal skills after having recovered self-confidence. A longer-term impact is the creation of a sustainable inter-country solidarity to address socio-economic and educational issues.
Utilization and distribution of results
Access for disadvantaged
program or curricula
*Pre Employment Skills Training Program
*ICT Skills Training Programs
*Gender Featured Curriculum
*Work packages, progress, interim and final reports
*Examination and certification procedure