Title Female Entrepreneurs: Mentoring and Lifelong Learning across Europe
Project Number UK/10/LLP-/TOI-374
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text FE:MALE aimed to encourage women facing double disadvantage to start up in business through the provision of supportive Mentoring Circles led by experienced facilitators across UK, Cyprus, Malta and the Netherlands. FE:MALE has provided e learning opportunities for potential female entrepreneurs to develop personal competencies in soft skills learning areas that will develop confidence and skills to start up in business.
Summary Women entrepreneurs are under-represented across all of the European countries represented in FE:MALE. Research indicates common barriers at the core of this under-representation including lack of confidence, work-life balance concerns and anxiety about risk-taking. Barriers are amplified for women facing 'double-disadvantage'(DD) i.e. being a woman over 50, BME-Black & Minority Ethnic, Migrants or lone parents. FE:MALE increased confidence of potential women entrepreneurs through face to face Mentoring Circles and elearning opportunities.
FE:MALE transferred innovative training methodologies from the UK to 3 member states to enhance European vocational educational training (VET), personal development/mentoring support to equip women with the necessary soft skills to start developing entrepreneurial activities.
Project objectives: Transfer of proven successful innovative learning methodologies from the UK to partner countries; Developed a European training the trainers package to transfer the Mentoring Circles for Female Entrepreneurs methodology to partner countries; Transferred and adapted paper based materials to e-learning materials to widen access to online development tools for female entrepreneurs on a European scale; built and developed crucial social capital for women entrepreneurs online(social networking-learn zone);and enhanced the provision of vocational guidance across Europe by providing quality personal development tools/training methods aimed at reducing personal self-limiting beliefs of women.
FE:MALE consisted of a female-owned SME, HE Institute, NGO for women, Federation for Women Entrepreneurs and an ICT SME, combining specialist knowledge and experience in training, personal development/mentoring, e-learning and gender issues. Consortium partners have well established regional, national and European networks for dissemination/exploitation and knowledge-transfer.
The target group of female adult learners (focusing on those facing double-disadvantage) increased in confidence, self-efficacy and entrepreneurial inclination. Trainers were trained to deliver a wider repertoire of innovative training methodologies; training others in their countries (cascade method) and sharing knowledge across Europe.
The FE:MALE project had impact on VET and guidance practices within a European framework aimed at women entrepreneurs, providing innovative training materials and methodologies to foster women's self-efficacy and motivation for learning about entrepreneurship to enter/re-enter and reduce risk of exclusion from the labour market. These innovative methodologies could transfer to other target groups for essential soft skills, including men, asylum seekers, career changers and young people.
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Product information Mentoring Circles were run in partner countries of UK, Cyprus, Malta and the Netherlands with potential women entrepreneurs. In addition an e-learning module and social network was developed for women entrepreneurs to encourage their start-up potential.