DELIVERABLE D 2.1: STUDY OF NEEDS ASSESSMENT AT EUROPEAN AND NATIONAL LEVEL
Needs Assessment report summarises findings from desk and field research in seven (7) partner countries (Latvia, Spain, Greece, Malta, Lithuania, Ireland and Romania) aiming to contribute in the provision of innovative solutions to increase the number of young women in the digital economy through mapping the theory, practices and policies that underpin the understanding of young women needs regarding access to technology and digital training as well as labour market needs.
A good match between the skills demanded by the labour market and those acquired in training is important for promoting strong and inclusive growth for women.
Studies show that female human capital accumulation has a considerable impact on technology adoption, innovation and economic growth and although women are beginning to achieve gender equality and close the gender gap in IT by developing digital fluency, they still remain underrepresented in the workforce in many developed countries. Thus, helping women to access the skills they need to be successful can improve gender equality, promote inclusive growth and affect positively productivity, while also improve the efficiency of human capital allocation.
However, the nature of jobs is quickly changing due to automation, social and economic factors, and it is difficult to predict the skills that jobs will require in the future, thus threatening to widen the skills gap and making career planning more difficult. In order to overcome this problem, a participatory needs assessment has been chosen, i.e. a systematic approach to setting project priorities carefully analysing beneficiaries’ needs, but in close cooperation with employers and stakeholders so as to identify current and desired status on important issues and best support young women, who are the target group of this project.
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The project Nr.2017-1-094 “YOUNG-ICT WOMEN: Innovative Solutions to increase the numbers of EU vulnerable girls and young women into the digital agenda” benefits from a 2.714.304 € grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. The aim of the project is to increase the numbers of EU vulnerable girls and young women into the digital agenda.
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