Technology and digitalization will be a nursery for new jobs in the coming years. Specifically, according to Randstad, 390,000 direct jobs related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Spain alone. However, if the trend does not change dramatically in a short time, most of these positions will be filled by men, and therefore, the gender gap will only grow.
Only 15.4% of specialists in information and communication technologies (ICT) in Spain were women in 2016. A level slightly lower than that of the European Union (EU), which stood at 16.7%, according to the community statistical office, Eurostat.
The figures show that women are «underrepresented» among ICT specialists in all Member States. This contrasts strikingly with the proportion in total employment. According to Eurostat data, both sexes are more equalized in the results of generalized employment (53.9% of men and 46.1% of women).
Through this project we propose to include a set of basic skills for the professional development of training curricula in women. Therefore, we have formed a partnership composed of entities with experience in training and integration of women, eager to contribute their know-how to a transnational project.
The objectives facing the project are the following:
-improve the attractiveness of STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through the use of robotics and automation, which have proven to be a means of successful involvement.
– Promote digital literacy and critical thinking in women, especially those in situations of social exclusion and belonging to disadvantaged groups, thus reducing the gender gap and improving access to the labor market;
– To improve the professional competences of teachers through new methodological approaches
– Create new international approaches aimed at reducing gender inequalities in access and participation in new technologies
– To capture the attention of women towards the ICT industry and especially in robotics, emphasizing those activities with more possibilities of achieving an effective insertion in the labor market.
– Offer training centers with a gender perspective that allows them to rethink their training approach and seek opportunities for a more egalitarian sector.
-Establish advisory measures that facilitate the transition of the technology industry towards greater gender awareness and balance.
-Increase the recognition of competencies and create the conditions that allow the realization of new programs with greater performance.
The project is aimed at both educators and women at risk of social exclusion and belonging to disadvantaged groups (eg unemployed, victims of gender violence, refugees, without university studies, residents in rural areas) who want to improve their skills professionals in a sector where high demand from companies in the world of ICTs can significantly reduce the unemployment rate.
The partnership agrees to carry out a project that can have beneficial effects on educators, trainers and women and can increase their personal and professional influence on the Internet to reduce gender gaps, promote the social and labor insertion of women and generate a community of women with greater interest in the use of technology to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment.
The entire partnership wants to contribute to internationalize their experiences and improve their knowledge in order to achieve the common objectives mentioned above, specifically in a sector and towards a target group currently considered a top priority for European strategies for inclusion, education and employment.
The project will also produce innovative approaches, methodologies and tools that will be useful internationally, as they are translated into multiple languages and easily accessible. Finally, the visibility of the results of the project will have an impact on different stakeholders that will significantly improve the international visibility of the partners and at the same time improve the perspective of European policies on employment and education issues, contributing to reducing the current euro skepticism. in many areas of European society.
Only 15.4% of the specialists in information and communication technologies (ICT) in Spain were women in 2016. A level slightly lower than that of the European Union (EU) which stood at 16.7%, according to Eurostat. The figures show that women are “underrepresented” among ICT specialists in all Member States.
Through this project, we propose to include a set of basic competences for the professional development of the training curricula in women.
The objectives that the project faces are the following:
-improve the attractiveness of the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through the use of robotics and automation, which have proven to be a means of successful involvement.
Promote digital literacy and critical thinking in women, especially those in situations of social exclusion and belonging to disadvantaged groups, thus reducing the gender gap and improving access to the labour market;
Improve the professional competences of teachers through new methodological approaches
The project is aimed at both educators and women at risk of social exclusion and belonging to disadvantaged groups (unemployed, victims of gender violence, refugees, without university studies, residents of rural areas) who want to improve their skills professionals in a sector where the high demand by companies in the world of ICTs can significantly reduce the unemployment rate.
The partnership has agreed to hold some initial information sessions to raise awareness of the project, attract teachers and students who will participate in the project and receive feedback to guide the products towards the real needs of the beneficiaries.
All the partners will work in partnership for the realization of a course in MOOC modality and in digital format .pdf for the realization of a Robot. The course will be oriented to teachers and educators, although it may also be used for other users. Next, we will develop a methodology guide that includes the most innovative and proven tools and approach for teachers and educators of adult training centers. Finally, we will carry out a series of webinars to equip women with digital skills, using the participants to share their experiences and encourage other women to participate.
In addition, the partnership will carry out a dedicated portal for the web, a mentoring guide for adult training centers and will work on the recognition system of the competences acquired.
-The “learning-by-doing” model with an immersion experience will be fostered, in which teachers and a group of women will carry out the construction, on a small scale, of a robot through Lego, Arduino and Scratch
Guides will be created for adult education and training centers for the development of tutoring skills (mentoring)
-It will establish a recognition system and a tele-training platform with the use of webinars
The expected learning results once the project is finished:
Enriching the professional profile of the teachers involved, connecting the world of education with the business world
-Promotion of technology and robotics in adult schools as transversal components of school curricula.
-The innovation of adult schools and training schools through active learning tools and methodologies.
-Knowledge, technical skills and competences about the use of tools that are important today in various jobs and different sectors.
Thanks to these projects, the women users of the partners will have more job opportunities, they will be encouraged to actively participate in the social and cultural life of the communities where they live and will develop personal and professional skills that will provide them with new opportunities. The partners will experience an improvement in their operational capacity thanks to the internationalization of their activities and the local communities will be more interested in European education and employment policies, seeing the real and direct benefits very close to them.