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KWELE – Keys for Women Economic and Labour Empowerment

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The project

In the newly enlarged EU and candidate countries, women are partly left aside of the Labour Market. Affected by exclusion are mainly those women assuming familial responsibilities, women living in the country side and women lacking the chance to have had access to higher education - they have been the focus of the KWELE project, by receiving a pilot training on vocational qualifications dedicated to office management in any type of SME.

The outcomes of the project, country specific training programmes in the field of office management, are targeting at the empowerment of disadvantaged women to become or remain competitive on the Labour Market and to enable them to present certified qualifications to the potential employers. Role models have been target group specific training concepts of the partner in Northern Ireland and the Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg. Both concepts  – „Steps to the future" (Northern Ireland) and "Fit for Europe" (Germany) – have been adapted to national requirements of the partner countries Greece, Latvia, Poland and Turkey. In order to adapt the existing concepts a comparative survey to analyse the requirements of the Labour Market in the field of office management was led in the partner countries. Based on the results of the survey and the existing concepts country and target group specific training programmes have been designed. The new programmes include two parts: theoretical ones about confidence empowerment, and practical ones for employability improvement. In addition, examination procedure and certification have been developed.

The training concepts were tested in the framework of pilot actions in Greece, Latvia, Poland and Turkey, in which a total of 80 women took part. The pilot trainings were held by experienced trainers who attended a gender training in advance.

EU Lifelong Learning Programme


Project partners
MAMAK Municipality, Ankara, Turkey (Coordinator)
MESVAK, Ankara, Turkey
EDUSER Consultancy, Ankara, Turkey
Entrepreneurs Development Foundation, Kızılay/ANKARA, Turkey
Kolping Training Institution Wuerttemberg Registered Association, Kolping Training Centre Stuttgart, Germany
EuroFortis Ltd., Riga, Latvia
BD Center Consulting Pawel Walawender, Rzeszow, Poland
Ballybeen Women’s Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland - UK

Contact person
Janine Koark, Assistant of EU point projects & more

EU-Funding Programme
Leonardo da Vinci – Multilateral Projects, Transfer of Innovation

Sum of Funding
297,778 €

Period of Funding
01.11.2007 - 30.10.2009

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.