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The project “Women4IT” is a multi-stakeholder partnership funded by the EEA Grants and the Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment.

ICS Skills is one of the 9 Partners from across Europe supporting the programme. It 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 in Norway and DIGITALEUROPE in Belgium.

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. The aim is to assist one hundred women in Ireland to take successful steps into digital job-related employment.

As part of an extensive research that was conducted across all the partner’s countries to investigate the skills need in demand in the labour market, 6 job profiles within the IT and digital sectors were identified in Ireland. An online employability profiling tool has also been designed in order to help the women involved in the project to be directed towards the best digital job matching their personality and skills.

The successful candidates will start a training programme of 160 hours adaptable to the learning needs and lifestyle constraints of trainees and can address the specific skills shortages experienced by employers. 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.

A job application and on-boarding support system to assist each individual with transitioning from an unemployment status to a successful first step into a digital job-related employment will be developed. This final step will lead to an effective and sustainable innovative digital jobs employment toolkit for women. The toolkit will have a double-sided approach: one from the young women’s perspective who wish to seek employment in the digital jobs sector and one from the employers in the IT sector who find it difficult to find people to fill IT-related jobs.

The final goal of the project is getting women in employment.

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As part of the project, a research has been made to identify the most in demand jobs in the digital field.
The 6 below job profiles have been chosen and the project will offer training for each one of them:

  • Digital Media Executive
  • Graphic Designer
  • Software Tester
  • Data Analyst
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Junior Web Developer

For each of the job profile, a training roadmap has been created in order to guide the training. The training roadmaps are a way of organising the training so that the core learning is consistent but it can also be adapted to the requirements of the women trainees and expectations of employers.

This tool identifies the user's existing skills, competences, attitudes and experience against identified digital jobs profiles. The tool then combines these with the 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.Will be available online 24/7 and will be accessible from anywhere through any smart device.
It will be launched by the end of May.

The toolkit is a practical resource for both young women that could become digital professionals and for employers that are struggling to fill the job openings in their companies. The scope of this resource is to support the activities of the Women4IT project, which has two broad objectives:

  • Motivate young women to embrace digital careers
  • Engage employers into the preparation of future employees

Click Here to Download the Employer’s Toolkit

Click Here to Download the Woman’s Toolkit

During the first year, partners have launched the national participatory platforms in their countries and released two research studies. The first one explores good practices and initiatives regarding improving the employment in ICT sector jobs of women and NEETs in the partner countries. It offers innovative solutions to promote the employment of young women in digital jobs, taking into account the current needs of the labour market from the perspective of employers, stakeholders and young women.

The second study presents the results of the desk and field needs assessment research to highlight key elements and issues regarding young women’s access to technology, labour markets, digital training as well as labour market demands. The study identifies future digital skills trends in employability to prepare trainees for the work challenges ahead of them and provides input for designing new innovative profiling solutions.

Finally, partners have identified 8 digital job profiles found to be the most suitable for the target group and appropriate for the needs of the future labour market.

You can see more details of the study here.

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