WOMEN4IT: Innovative Solutions to increase the numbers of EU vulnerable girls and young women into the digital agenda

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Project name

WOMEN4IT: Innovative Solutions to increase the numbers of EU vulnerable girls and young women into the digital agenda

Project code

2017-1-094

Project duration

2018-2021

Sponsorship

EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment

Coordinator

Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LICTA)

About project

WOMEN4IT addresses the structural transformation of the digital labour market in which there are fewer women employed than men. Without redress, this digital gap will deteriorate, widening the gender inequality gap. Areas of focus:
• Research and identification of unfilled categories of digital jobs
• Awareness raising for young women to improve their digital competences and select ICT careers
• Design of profiling tool and methodology
• Performance of profiling of 1000 young women
• Calculation and analysis of skill and competence gap
• Design training roadmaps
• Employer co-design of individualised learning plans for young women
• Placement of young women in digital jobs
• Ensuring dissemination of project activities and outputs
• Planning for sustainability of the outputs
The project will be implemented in 7 countries: Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Romania and Spain. Partners from Norway (ECWT) and Belgium (Digital Europe), will use their expertise in the area of women and ICT jobs to support the programme. The project will directly benefit 700 young women initially, by providing them with formal educational opportunities, and ultimately all young people can benefit from the innovative education. The employment that is anticipated for the young women will also benefit other groups of young people, and other labour market stakeholders like employers, training providers, recruiters, communities and NGOs.
The project will deliver sustainable processes and tools because of the rigorous research underpinning it, as well and the input from employers who have vacancies that can be filled by the newly trained young women.
A new participant alliance and adaptable tools will make the solution sustainable and transferable to different territories and target groups.

Project objectives

The main objective of the project is to develop the digital competences of young women who are at risk of exclusion from the labour market, thus improving their employability.