The Women4IT project is seeking employers, training partners and prospective students to increase employability for young women through free training for six digital job profiles including: Digital Media Specialists, Data Analysts, Web Developers, Graphic Designers, Quality Assurance Testers and Customer Service Representatives.
Women4IT is a multi-stakeholder partnership funded by the EEA Grants and the Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. The project is supported by 9 Partners from across Europe and various sectors.
The project will be implemented in 7 countries: Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and Spain and supported by two expert partners: The European Centre for Women and Technology and DIGITALEUROPE.
The ambition of the project is to develop the digital competences of young women who are at risk of exclusion from the labour market, by improving their employability.
ICS together with 7 European Partners will investigate the ICT skills of 1000 women and train 700 of them (100 in Ireland). We want to involve young women without targeted education, unemployed or in search of better job opportunities, returning from maternity leave, coming from low income/disadvantaged families.
We are developing helpful, concrete actions and approaches such as through an online employability profiling tool and a learning/training platform that will include employer co-designed customized learning plan and a job application & on-boarding support system.
The employability profiling tool identifies the user's existing skills, competences, attitudes and experience against identified digital jobs profiles. The tool then combines these with age, personal goals and formal education to place the user in an employment matrix. A digital employability pathway will define what individual training needs, experiences and work needs to be undertaken to achieve the objectives.
The selected digital job profiles available in Ireland and that the women will be trained for are:
We have also developed a training roadmap template to provide an innovative approach to job acquisition and long-term sustainable employment for the targeted young women. It will be adaptable to the learning needs and lifestyle constraints of trainees and can address the specific skills shortages experienced by employers. It will also be adaptable for use in all participant countries and replicable throughout.
The training roadmap will facilitate an employer co-designed customised learning plan for the young women whose competence and readiness for specific jobs has been evaluated. The learning/training will be mostly hosted on the project platform.
The training roadmap is a result of the collaboration with employers to cover work placements or employer-facilitated training on specific software in use at their company.
In the coming months, we will reach out stakeholders and employers, engage young women and get them involved, contract training organizations that will deliver the training courses.
In April, we will host here in Ireland the Women4IT conference to officially launch the profiling tools platform.
If you would like to take part in the conference in April or if you want to be a part of the project and you want to find out how you can be involved, contact us!
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