EUMentorSTEM aims at supporting the employability of migrant women1 with a STEM background (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), either as employee or as entrepreneurs. This objective will be pursued by the Consortium through the development and testing of innovative and self-tailored Mentoring & Coaching (M&C) learning and training materials targeting both migrant women and the professionals2 interacting with this highly specific group of beneficiaries. Training and learning materials will be available on a virtual hub hosted in the project website.
In order to develop and adapt existing training and learning materials to the project’s targets’ real needs in the different countries of the Consortium (Italy, United Kingdom, Greece, Sweden and Hungary), partners – under the University of Bologna (UNIBO)’s coordination – carried out a Diagnostic Assessment – also known as pre-assessment – aimed at:
- outlining the background situation in each partner country;
- identifying structural and individual barriers preventing migrant women in STEM from becoming active in the labour market;
- collecting information on the available training and support opportunities and initiatives for migrant women in STEM, and on the M&C tools available to career advisor and educators in each partner country;
- better understanding the (potentially fluctuating) needs of both target groups so that the training and learning methodology can be adapted appropriately.