Young Women at Work: Digital skills and competence development towards the integration of young women into the labor market
In our days, youths' integration into the labor market carries great challenges to member states, since young people aged 15-24 have been one of the greatest victims of the economic crisis in regard to their employment prospects. The situation is even worse for young women at that age range, with the percentage of unemployment reaching 16,2%, according to the 2017 Eurostat statistics.
If we take a closer look at the statistics of 2017 regarding the partner countries of the project, we will disappointingly realize that unemployed young women in Greece reach the percentage of 48,2%, meaning that about 1 every 2 women is unemployed, in Italy 37,2 %, meaning that about 1 every 3 young women is unemployed, in Cyprus 22,9%, meaning that about 1 every 4 of women is unemployed, in Romania 18,6%, meaning that about 1 every 5 women are unemployed and in Poland 15% with 1 every 6 women between 15-24 years old being unemployed (Eurostat, 2017). We all have to realize that young women are a fundamental asset for European economies and societies.
Therefore, empowering young women, by creating the proper conditions to actively participate in the labor market, is considered imperative for the economic and social development and for the sustainability of European societies. This partnership among the 5 organizations, aims to promote actions and exchange of good practices in the area of digital technology, in order to facilitate young women's professional integration into the labor market.
The project will support, on the one hand, professionals working with young women to improve their digital skills and strengthen digital education initiatives aimed at them (especially the young women that belong to disadvantaged groups, refugees, migrants), in order to train them in the professional use of digital technology to foster their employability and socio-educational and personal development and facilitate their professional and social integration. On the other hand, it will give young women the opportunity to improve their digital basic skills and key competencies through learning experiences and learning environments, to increase their opportunities of being smoothly integrated into the labor market.
The purpose of the project is an international synergy between 5 European organizations with the same need - TO DEVELOP THE DIGITAL SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES OF YOUNG WOMEN TO INCREASE THEIR OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEGRATION INTO THE LABOR MARKET.
Having as target groups youth workers, trainers, ICT and digital technology experts involved in youth education belonging to partner groups, as well as low digital skilled women and young women belonging to disadvantaged groups (i.e. women living in remote areas, refugees, migrants), the project has the following objectives:
1.To increase the professional development in digital skills and competencies of each partner by means of 4 Short-term joint staff training events,
2.To strengthen the networking among partners by developing a website named YoungWomen@Work, including best practices in digital skill acquisition, discussion forums, flipped classroom, flash notes, screen capture videos of tutors giving online tutorials, ebooks, etc,
3.To launch an awareness-raising campaign -YOUNG WOMEN@WORK.
Four training activities for youth workers and trainers, during which the target groups will learn 4 MODULES in the form of workshops:
1.Digital Literacy – Women Catching Up
2.Netiquette & Dangers of the Web
3.Digital Business Skills
4.Online Marketing Strategies
TIBER UMBRIA COMETT EDUCATION PROGRAMME Italy
MPIRMPAKOS D. & SIA O.E. Greece
STANDO LTD Cyprus
SC MIXT SOURCE MANAGEMENT SRL Romania
WYZSZA SZKOLA BIZNESU I NAUK O ZDROWIU Poland