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ESF 3.54: REACH: Opportunities Close to Home

Project Cost: €172,627
Beneficiary: Kirkop Local Council
Line Ministry: Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government (MJCL)
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

Vulnerable persons and women within the community were trained to take up new opportunities in ICT and business sector. The courses that this project offered aimed to certify participants with internationally recognized qualification in ICT (ECDL) and Business Competence (CITY& GUILDS diploma in Secretarial and Business Administration) and therefore have a positive impact on the employability of the persons addressed.

Operational Programme: OPII Empowering People for More Jobs and a Better Quality of Life ESF
Fund: European Social Fund
Operational Objective: To increase the female participation rate.
Priority Axis: PA3 Promoting and equal and inclusive labour market
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIIPA3 Female participation in the labour market.
Focus Area of Intervention: OPIIPA3 Promoting an inclusive society.

Project Objectives

The overall objective of the project is to provide the target groups with ICT skills necessary to access the increasingly knowledge-based labour market, or be able to progress within it, thus increasing their quality of life.

Project Results

By the end of the project, a number of persons who would until now be identified as forming part of a vulnerable group (60% of the total participants, including vulnerable women, parents, long term unemployed, persons receiving benefits) will gain certified ICT skills which will enable them to achieve any of the following results:(a) access to employment(b) access to further education and/or training(c ) further social inclusion through the access of services and goods that are available online(d ) the possibility of teleworking

Project Purpose

The purpose of the project is to provide the target groups with the following benefits:(a) availability of ICT skills will enable them to access and progress within the labour market and also strengthen social inclusion by allowing facilitated access to services which are available online(b) providing means for the participants to obtain international accreditation of the courses followed(c ) providing the above within their community, thus facilitating access, through inter alia, avoiding inaccessibility due to adequate transport means(d) providing the above services in a manner that is specifically designed to meet their needs through inter alia, gender main streaming.