THE PROJECT

The WISE project will introduce an apprenticeship style learning placement framework tested with at least 40 female entrepreneurs in participating regions who will experience work in a high growth STEM enterprise for a structured placement period.   This draws on the best practice of work-based learning and marks a radically new path in VET development in the UK and Ireland.

Much could be achieved by making sure the small but growing number of females studying/working in STEM are helped to identify entrepreneurial opportunities and to build confidence in their business skills. The problem is that our VET systems are ill-equipped to do this. Firstly, most entrepreneurship education institutions are male-dominated and trainers are unspecialized in the specific strategies and support services that work best with female entrepreneurs. Secondly, the majority of entrepreneurship VET is delivered by small-mid sized institutions whose staff are trained in traditional business models so are unfamiliar with the fundamentals of success in STEM start ups. Finally, females emerging from STEM subjects in VET/Universities/Higher Education (HE) institutions don’t cross paths with entrepreneurship or start-up support near to or at graduation, the crucial moment when most high growth businesses are started.

For these reasons, WISE has been developed with a clear goal: increase the number of female entrepreneurs in STEM by transforming their access to and the quality of the training they receive from entrepreneurship VET institutions. This involves working with the following target groups: providers of entrepreneurship education, wider stakeholders and potential and current female entrepreneurs working in STEM.

OUR IMPACT

Increasing the number of female entrepreneurs is a key priority in the EU for reasons linked to economic and social development. The lack of female entrepreneurs is most evident in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Despite high profile role models, overall female innovativeness and participation in the technology sector has decreased and, ”an unconscious bias” still prevails.

ENHANCING ACCESS TO TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL 

DEVELOPING VET BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS

SOCIAL INCLUSION

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