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ESF 3.48: Lifelong Learning for Enhanced Employability for Parents

Project Cost: €68,590
Beneficiary: Foundation for Educational Services
Line Ministry: Ministry for Education and Employment
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2012

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The LLEEP Project aimed to upskill parents, especially and primarily mothers-as-homemakers of young children to take on leadership and service roles in facilitating such upskilling and educational involvement in other parents. This led to increase uptake in parental lifelong learning pathways which, enhanced employability for women from disadvantaged groups.

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.

Project Objectives

Developing opportunities for parents, especially mothers inactive in the labour market, to enable them to: become paents' trainers; take up leadership roles in the school/community; view themselves as lifelong learners. This will lead to the creation of part-time job opportunities that would enable parents to become active citizens whilst also contributing to the family income.

Project Results

A. Training: 1 parent trainers' course; 10 parent leaders' courses, one per College; 2 lifelong learning portfolio facilitators' courses; 4 child minders' courses. B. Trained Persons: A minimum of - 10 trained parent trainers; 80 trained parent leaders; 40 trained childminders; 20 learning portfolio facilitators; 600 parents conclude lifelong portfolio. C. Lifelong Learning: A minimum of: 15 parents use lifelong learning portfolio for access to further lifelong learning and/or employment. D. Employment (with respect to project related work but will not be paid from the project) A minimum of: 8 p/t trained parent trainers; 70 p/t trained parent leaders; 30 p/t trained child minders; 20 p/t learning portfolio facilitators. E. Further Employment: A minimum of: 5 parent trainers offered further employment outside the project lifetime; 20 parent leaders offered further employment outside the project lifetime; 20 child minders offered further employment outside the project lifetime; 10 learning portfolio facilitators offered further employment outside the project lifetime. In all cases, trained implies attendance of at least 80% of sessions and fulfilment of all out requirements such as assignments, practicals, etc.

Project Purpose

This project will contribute to the creation and enhancement of opportunities for women's advancement especially in the vulnerable communities. It will increase skills-based training opportunities for women and attract women returnees to the labour market. Women's potential shall be developed through empowerment and training opportunities available through their role within the school and local community, which builds on the parents' own lifelong learning pathways. Although both parents should be involved in their children's education, it is overwhelmingly true that women have the main - sometimes the sole - responsibility in home-school links, particularly in vulnerable communities.