Entrena Empleo is a project led by Fundación Santa María la Real that aims to improve access to the labour market for women who find themselves in long-term unemployment after having dedicated themselves to unpaid care work.
Motherhood and care can be important life moments that may cause women's careers to be interrupted or stall. Returning to work can sometimes be difficult and lead to long periods of unemployment.
Entrena Empleo wants to support women who want to take up work again and to boost their access to employment by designing projects according to their needs. The support will aim to value women's own skills that have expanded and improved during motherhood and care.
Entrena Empleo is funded as a social innovation project by the European Social Fund, within the Operational Programme for Social Inclusion and Social Economy (POISES), in its Priority area 6. It is also co-financed by the Extremadura Government through the Extremadura Public Employment Service; The Cabildo de Tenerife through Fundación Insular para la Formación, el Empleo y el Desarrollo Empresarial (FIFEDE); the Government of Castilla La Mancha through the Economy, Business and Employment Department; the Government of Galicia through the Employment and Equality Department; the Provincial Government of Bizkaia through the Provincial Agency for Employment and Entrepreneurship of the Department of Employment, Social Inclusion and Equality; and the Fuenlabrada city council by the Centre for Training and Employment Initiatives (Centro de Iniciativas para la Formación y el Empleo).
The main objective is to design, test and promote a new way of working with women in long-term unemployment who have become disconnected from the labour market because they have been dedicated to care and parenting duties.
We investigate reality
The experience of long-term unemployment can cause discomfort and insecurity in women when considering a return to work.
However, when the time spent unemployed has been dedicated to caregiving, this can be viewed as time during which ideal skills for the labour market have been developed and enhanced.
We propose solutions to make use of the skills acquired during care work
Motherhood and care are periods of great intensity and learning which can help develop some of the skills and competencies that are valued by companies.We design solutions adapted to people's needs based on the results of our research.
We learn lessons from our suggestions
We analyse experiences through pilot projects by implementing the research results so as to offer intervention methodologies that improve the socio-labour inclusion of women. We then measure the results obtained in the pilot projects and incorporate any improvements.
We share the experience
We rely on collaboration from different agents, entities, research groups, collectives and experts when promoting the project and the successful experiences. In addition, the project involves a Network of Organisations whose aim, among others, is to escalate the results obtained.
The Network of Organisations is part of the Entrena Empleo project, which is a collaborative space for agents from public and private sectors who want to improve the help available for women in long-term unemployment. Coordinated by Fundación Santa María la Real, the Network encourages debate and dialogue on innovative measures, exchanges experiences and analyses best practices with the aim of reducing unemployment among women.