BEST Institute for vocational training and personal training GmbH

En Vogue

a tailor-made educational programme to provide an attractive stage for young female learners

Although female representation in IT and economy courses has generally increased, it is still a common European challenge that socially disadvantaged, low-level educated women show low participation and retention rates for these subjects. This leads to barriers: Reduced participation in a wider society, reduced access to information, reduced chances on an increasingly demanding labour market.

In order to improve this situation, it is important and necessary for adult education to employ practicable strategies of how to attract motivation and increase participation of female learners in these subjects.

Results of a survey on the interests of female learners aged 18 to 25, carried out by the consortium,, prove that the majority (82%) show fascination with the world of fashion and related subjects (design, modes and styles, techniques, professions and actors in this field). Most of them would appreciate these contents appear in their training. Appropriate course design respecting interests of young female learners and teachers/trainers employing practicable tools will lead to female learners’ increased motivation, participation and success in IT and economy courses. It will also stimulate their creativity, innovativeness and ownership of educational paths.

Target group(s) and main products the project will elaborate:

“EnVogue” is targeted at education providers dealing with disadvantaged, low-level educated young female learners and will equip them with innovative methods and tools for providing IT and economy contents embedded in the thematic world of fashion: “EnVogue Handbook and Toolbox- how to support and motivate young female learners”. Teachers and trainers will introduce this learning concept into their educational and counselling activities to make learners benefit. The long-term impact envisaged is increased participation in Lifelong Learning of groups otherwise excluded from educational measures, as well as the improvement of their employability.

EU-Program: LLP, Grundtvig Multilateral Projects
Coordination: BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH
Contact: Karin Kronika, Helmut Kronika
Duration: November 2009 - October 2011
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.