Women4IT Training Update

The Irish Computer Society is happy to report that the training phase of the European Project Women4IT has now been completed.

Women4IT is a multi-stakeholder partnership funded by the EEA Grants and the Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. The project is supported by 9 Partners from across Europe and various sectors. The project is being 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 and DIGITALEUROPE.

The ambition of the project partners is to develop the digital competencies of young women (18-29 years old) who are at risk of exclusion from the labour market, by improving their employability. The project is targeting women who have education, are unemployed or in search of better job opportunities, returning from maternity leave, coming from low-income/disadvantaged families.

Over the past 10 months, ICS in partnership with Sureskills has been delivering various training to young women across Ireland. To date, 91 women have participated and successfully completed a training course for one of the below digital job profiles:

· Graphic Designer

· Digital Media Executive

· Junior Web Developer

· Data Analyst

With 160 hours in total, the Women4IT training gave access to the young graduates a new set of skills and competences that are now ready to be used into the business world. The young women have increased their employability and gained knowledge in a specific area that will allow them to apply more confidentially to digital roles.

The project Women4IT has helped many young women across the country to reshape their careers or to upskill themselves but has also helped to spread awareness about women in tech and the importance of women in this field. So far, 45 participants of the Woment4IT project have found a full-time job related to the topic they chose to study. However, the project is not over yet as there are still some women looking for the perfect digital role for them.

If you currently are looking for new staff, click here to explore the content and topics of the training programmes. If they match any of your needs, and if you have any vacant positions, (including paid internships) and require someone with any of the above skills, please contact us.

If you wish to learn more or to get in touch, visit the page dedicated to the project https://www.ics.ie/about/w4it or contact us at women4it@ics.ie.

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