European Social Fund: Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020

Training for Women returning to the Workforce and Women's Entrepreneurship

Under this new European Social Fund (ESF) programme, the Department has successfully secured ESF funding support to operate a positive action measure for 2014-2020, entitled “Training for Women Returning to the Workforce and Women’s Entrepreneurship”. This Programme is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.

The objective of the activity is to support a cohort of those women who are currently detached from the labour market, (neither employed nor unemployed) in order to assist their return to the labour market. This will be done by offering them a locally delivered development course which will comprise a series of training opportunities focusing on self-development and work related skills. It is likely that this will include confidence building, basic work-related IT skills, CV development, interview and self-presentation skills. It is intended that many of those who undertake the course will return to the labour market in a part time or full time capacity. A separate strand will target an increase in female entrepreneurship, focusing on supporting business women (irrespective of their economic status) to realize their full business potential.

A Call for Proposals was issued in 2016.  18 projects were selected; 14 projects were funded under the Women Returning to the Workforce Strand while 4 Projects were funded under the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strand.


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