Title Programme for the Activation of Women’s Skills
Project Number 2010-1-FR1-LEO05-14504
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text This project aims at contributing to reducing inequalities between men and women with regard to accessing and retaining employment. Equal opportunities between men and women are part of the priorities initiated by the EU. The roadmap for equality between men and women highlights the need to take into account the factors creating barriers or hindering access to employment for women in order to remedy this negative impact. Consequently, as soon as 2005, the CIBC Gard Lozère has set up a scheme with funding from the EU (ESF): “the PAC (Programme for the Activation of Women’s Skills): the several lives of women at once”. The added value of this scheme is the very fact that all the skills and constraints in a woman’s life are taken into account in a global manner in order to help them manage in an efficient, sustainable manner and reconcile the personal (including family life), social and professional levels and to avoid failures and gaps on their professional paths.
The labour market is affected by economic changes and influences. This has tremendous influence on the professional paths of European workers. The most vulnerable go in and out of employment in short cycles during their professional lives. Individuals have to manage these professional transitions and face uncertainties all along their careers. In this context, the specific characteristics of women’s paths seem to be an aggravating factor. Family life has consequences on women’s professional lives more often than on men’s. Maternity, education and child care create, in women’s life and in employers’ minds, constraints as well as gaps in professional paths which are sometimes hardly compatible with the current demands of the labour market. The programme of transfer of innovation is about working on a new type of guidance tool, directed at women, putting emphasis on the need to improve the balance between personal and professional life, in order to improve their employability and in this way, reduce inequalities.
Objective 1 of the PoWer PAC: training professionals involved in the career guidance, training, employment and social life sectors for using the KIT PAC
The KIT PAC is a tool box based on a programme designed for women which relies on the theory of the activation of skills through the empowerment of women. Training professionals involved in guiding women to activate their skills, thanks to the transfer of the KIT PAC in 4 countries, will contribute to the development of skills and competencies of the experts involved (EU priority).
Objective 2 of the PoWer PAC:
-Developing women’s skills so that they are more visible, acknowledged and valorised
-Rethinking the approach to vocational guidance for women in order to help them (all along their professional lives) to:
Manage and optimise transitions,
Anticipate and master their professional life taking into account facts and constraints related to family life,
Valorise their experience through empowerment itself and improving this empowerment.
The PoWer PAC aims at catering for the needs of professionals involved in the guidance of women on their professional paths by implementing innovative methods and tools for the activation of skills based on:
-A global approach aimed at taking into account personal and professional priorities,
-Tools for the valorisation of skills through empowerment, these tools being supported by commitment theory,
-Global guidance through life transitions.
Product information The main objective of the project is to add to existing European practices relating to the guidance of women on their professional paths by training professionals to use this new tool designed for women’s sustainable professional integration. This proposal of transfer of innovation of the PAC to professionals in 4 European countries aims at improving the efficiency of the original PAC through its adjustment to a variety of target groups and European countries, as well as contributing to more secure professional paths for the women taking part in the experiment.