15 Dec Smart Women
15 Dec, 2016
Hashtag used for the project news: #SmartWomenEU
Smart Women was an Erasmus+ KA2 project coordinated by the Malta Communications Authority. The concept behind the project was to raise the digital skills of entrepreneurial women to take their business online. The premise behind this idea is to support entrepreneurship, bridge the gender gap in the labour force, and support more successful businesses.
The aim was to design and deliver a training programme specialising in entrepreneurship and e-commerce. The programme targeted increasing the knowledge and competences of women in the area of electronic commerce and business to enable them to improve the employment prospects or business opportunities.
In the framework of the Smart Women project, seven partners from European countries have created an innovative European Training Model, focused on women, aiming for encouraging entrepreneurship and putting business ideas into practice. The Smart Women Model combines online learning using online learning platforms and face to face training based on project collaboration, peer-learning, guidance, coaching and counselling.
Nowadays there is a need to respond to the demands of companies offering quality training to people to support them in the process of finding a job or in the process towards self-employment. This process involves performing a rethink in traditional curricula and adapt to new needs, through implementing competency-based curricula.
This approach is a was to promote a more active student-centred learning-oriented professional practice. These approaches allow a better way to foster the capabilities of the students, facilitating their integration into the labour market. Competency-based training allows the student to acquire the tools and skills required to a better integration, and more quickly, in the workplace. In this context, the traditional contents-based training is converted into a competency-based training to respond more effectively to the demands of the market.
Together partners developed a curriculum of five modules that are delivered to recipients over a 40-hour course SMART WOMEN. The 5 learning modules were:
The project was piloted in Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Romania, and Cyprus. Each partner piloted the course in their respective community to a minimum of 25 women. The course was delivered to women who already had a business or a business idea and a basic level of digital skills.
ALL DIGITAL supported the project with dissemination activities.
- Malta Communications Authority (MCA) – Malta, Coordinator
- Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) – Latvia
- Association “Langas į ateitį” (Window to the Future) – Lithuania
- Dedalo Foundation for the Development of the Information Society – Spain
- Educating for an Open Society Romania Foundation (EOS) – Romania
- Cyprus Computer Society – Cyprus
- ALL DIGITAL – Belgium