Title Certification of disadvantaged women in remote areas
Project Number 2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19893
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The consortium of partners included a well-recognized institutions who had had previous experience in various EU projects and who contributed constructively to the materialisation of the project.
Economic literature often puts the emphasis on the necessity of appreciation the value presented by the housework of women, especially during their parental leave. The study undertaken by the Institute of Sociology and Philosophy of Science (Poland) shows the perception of the household duties by men and women. For the question "Who am I?" most of men responded that the man (34.3%), and only in fifth place, they felt the fathers (7.9%), while women most often felt mothers (26%). Experience gained during this period, though not supported by formal education, could be used a strong asset on the labor market. Various duties undertaken by woman in running their households requires a lot of initiative, planning and analysis, sometimes innovations – in general it is an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills.
On the other hand, the public awareness of relations between housework experience from one side and entrepreneurial skills from the other is not very high. Despite the activity of various social actors, still the value of women’s housework activity and related skills are underestimated. As a result, women willing to enter labor market after the period of bringing up young children are in a disadvantaged position. For this reason the proposal aimed towards the development of a certification system to evaluate and accredit non-formal and informal education and training and related skills in the area of entrepreneurship (knowledge, skills and competencies women have acquired through their experience in running households)
The consortium of partners included a wide range of types of institutions who had had previous experience in various EU projects and who contributed constructively to the materialisation of the project. The consortium of partners consisted of an association of voluntary organization, university, company with entrepreneurship orientation etc. The partners capitalised on their previous experience and extended this experience through the specific project.
The project leaded to the development of an outline with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies that employees should have in the area of entrepreneurship. Further, the project developped a system of certification using three main steps: (1) CV evaluation, (2) on-line test and (3) case study preparation. The participants in the pilot process, in each of the participating countries, were tested on their knowledge, skills and competencies which they had acquired informally through their work. The successful participants received a European Certificate for Informal Entrepreneurial Skills. Further, the project web site and e-learning platform developed with information and materials for all interested parties and a business plan or possibilities of commercialization of the European Certificate.
The project revolved around the accreditation of informal knowledge, skills & competencies of disadvantaged women in remote areas in Europe. The project was focused on the national and European's priorities, with particular emphasis on the transparency & recognition of skills of the potential candidates.
The aim of the project was the development of a process of certification which gave disadvantaged women in remote areas the possibility of accrediting their competencies across Europe, particularly those acquired at work. This process achieved the following objectives:
- give a chance to disadvantaged women to get their competencies recognized and valorized, which has a clear added value
- facilitate the recognition of their competencies on the labour market
- help in the development of disadvantaged women
- establish European standards and relevant training for disadvantaged women
- facilitate the comparison of the knowledge, skills & competencies of disadvantaged women
- provide with higher transparency & efficiency to the selection processes & recruitment of disadvantaged women
- raise awareness of the social dimension relating to disadvantaged women in remote areas integrating gender equality.
The project focused on the Transparency and recognition of competences and qualifications and aimed towards the development of tools within Europe to promote the transparency and recognition of skills and competences acquired non-formally and informally through experience. The project aimed on the improvement of the individual competences of disadvantaged women by providing them with recognition and motivating them to update their already acquired knowledge, skills & competences.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Utilization and distribution of results
Administrative and Support Service Activities
transparency and certification
Product information The project allowed the holders of the European Certificate to prove their knowledge, skills and competences without having acquired a formal education. They were able to prove this through the successful completion of the 3 stages of the pilot process, receiving European recognition from the participating countries and the partners.