Through Enterprise -TRUE, is based on the premise that we must do more to enable the social and economic integration of newcomers to our societies. Typically, migration is led by men seeking employment, but they are often accompanied by wives and young adult children. While integration is difficult for all, women are most at risk facing multiple levels of marginalization relating to gender, family, cultural, linguistic and social barriers.
Entrepreneurship training has increasingly been shown to be a useful means of combining skills training with integration: when taught as a transversal skill, it can be path to business creation, employment, involvement in community initiatives or simply problem solving and self-esteem. Often participating in a training course among locals has positive impacts on inclusion.
In reality, though, enterprise training providers are not well equipped to train females from different cultural backgrounds.
In these educational processes we see:
- low rates of participation from foreign born females in enterprise training
- low number of courses on enterprise in community organizations
For these reasons, the objective of TRUE is to significantly improve the access to and quality of entrepreneurship education within the context of inclusion and diversity, so as to unlock the potential of migrant and refugee women.
Working with VET partners from both community groups and entrepreneurship training providers our specific objectives are to create:
- A “Reach and Teach” catalogue, a guide for VET providers to improve engagement and understanding.
- A set of Open Educational Resources, which will help organisations to integrate new and effective approaches to inclusive education.
- A multilingual online training course.
These training guides and materials will be utilised by a number of groups and this will have a positive impact on migrant women who were previously excluded or marginalised in the labour market, VET colleges and enterprise centres who will benefit from gaining greater awareness of the importance of inclusive education practices and the requirement that they have to meet the needs of these women. Community organisations, women focused, migrant services, will gain a greater understanding of the value of entrepreneurship skills stemming from the links with VET organisations. Project partners, wider stakeholders and community will all benefit from the new approaches developed, the inclusive methods of teaching and training, this will be linked to a rise in entrepreneurship, innovation and social inclusion for these women.