The project EMPOWER aims to respond to the increasing need for high quality support and training for vulnerable women at risk of exclusion from the labour market; The target group of women at risk of exclusion includes, but is not limited to women victims of domestic violence, women victims of human trafficking, homeless women and women who face immigration issues.
The support envisaged under this project can take many different forms and may be professionally led (e.g. by Social Workers, Healthcare professionals) or mainly rely on volunteers working with vulnerable women in the fields of personal empowerment, confidence and employability or entrepreneurship skills.
More specific, the project aims:
- to equip Support Workers and volunteers working with vulnerable women with the soft skills training necessary to pass these skills onto women in order to increase their employability and entrepreneurship opportunities;
- to equip vulnerable women with greater confidence, belief and resilience to succeed economically.
This aim will be achieved through the development of innovative blended training programmes, including the EMPOWER Training Programme (training knowledge, skills and abilities in tools and methods for increasing confidence and awareness of strengths for employability) and EMPOWER Circles Programmes (action learning and increased self-reflection for success).
The main services provided by KMOP, include the following:
- Coordination of field and desk research and production of national and transnational reports on the training needs of support workers working with vulnerable women to foster employability and entrepreneurship;
- Coordination of field and desk research and production of national and transnational reports on employability and entrepreneurship training needs of vulnerable women;
- Co-development of learner materials for support workers;
- Co-development of learner materials for vulnerable women;
- 2 pilot training programmes for support workers in Greece;
- 2 pilot training programmes for vulnerable women in Greece;
- Co-development of trainers’ guidelines for the EMPOWER Training Programmes;
- Contribution to the adaptation of the transferred from UK methodology “Mentoring Circles” and piloting in 2 phases (2 with support workers and 2 with vulnerable women);
- Coordination of the design and development of the e-learning hub;
- Contribution to the elaboration of policy makers’ guide/recommendations for the improvement of employability & entrepreneurship training provided to support workers working with vulnerable women.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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