Business Training for Women of Foreign Origin

Last January the Directorate of Labour in Iceland received a grant from the Development fund for Immigrants to put up a business training for women of foreign origin. Our partners in the application were the Innovation Centre of Iceland, who have provided training for women entrepreneurs for many years, called Brautargengi, and the association Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network in Iceland.

Our aim was to provide practical training for women of foreign ethnicity, where they could work on their business idea and put up a complete business plan as the result.    Preparation started last summer and then we advertised the training in August.

We received 27 applications and those 22 participants were accepted.

To be a foreign woman in Iceland involves a lot of challenges. To name a few, there is the Icelandic language, that is probably not the easiest one in the world, different culture, you might not have your family and friends here and maybe you cannot use your education as you would like.  Also, unfortunately, the attitude towards people of foreign origin is not always a positive one.

One of the solutions might be to put up your own company where you can use your knowledge and skills.

The training consisted of modules such as business strategy, marketing, social media, finance, taxes, product development, entrepreneurship, branding and how to present yourself and your company.  The training started in September and the duration was 14 weeks.

In the beginning of December all participants introduced their business ideas. A formal graduation was held at NMÍ on the 14th of December.

The business ideas were diverse, tourism, jewellery, import, dating agency, rent of baby things, such as chairs and cots.

Alexandra Martini received recognition for the best business plan for Martinis Fire, a company that designs jewellry:
The business plan is carefully worked out and the passion of the owner shines through. Marketing- and financial matters are well thought out, detailed and the project is likely to succeed.

Alexandra Martini

Nikki Kwan Ledesma received recognition for the best presentation for Wheels and Tours, a tourist company:
The presentation was good and convincing, delivered professionally and with passion.

Nikki Kwan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Námskeið fyrir konur af erlendum uppruna

 

Ert þú kona af erlendum uppruna? Viltu auka hæfni og færni þína? Ertu að leita að starfi eða hefur þú hug á því að stofna fyrirtæki?

Vinnumálastofnun er einn þátttakanda af fjórum í Evrópuverkefni sem ber nafnið EMPOWER. Markmið verkefnisins er að þróa annarsvegar fræðsluefni fyrir konur af erlendum uppruna og hinsvegar fræðsluefni fyrir ráðgjafa og sjálfboðaliða sem vinna með konum af erlendum uppruna.

Með námskeiðinu gefst konum af erlendum uppruna tækifæri til að efla eigin hæfni og þróa starfshæfni sína og  auka möguleika sína á vinnumarkaði.   Þátttakendur fá einnig aðstoð við að þróa eigin viðskiptahugmynd ef hún er fyrir hendi.

Námskeiðið samanstendur af átta námsþáttum, þátttakendur fara í gegnum sjálfsskoðun og verða fjölbreyttar æfingar og verkefni hluti af þeirri rýni.  Námsefnið samanstendur einnig af námsþáttum sem efla styrkleika og seiglu til að takast á við nýjar áskoranir.  Skoðað verður hvaða úrræði eru fyrir hendi fyrir hópinn og farið verður í markmiðasetningu.

Námskeiðið hefst í janúar og stendur fram í febrúar en nánari dagsetningar má sjá í umsóknareyðublaðinu.   Einnig stendur þátttakendum til boða að taka þátt  í hæfnihringjunum þar sem tækifæri gefst til nánari umræðu um þau verkefni og vandamál sem hópurinn stendur frammi fyrir.

Pláss er fyrir 10 konur á námskeiðunum og 5 í hæfnihringjunum.

Samstarfsaðilar eru fjórir; Inova í Bretlandi, Vinnumálastofnun á Íslandi, KMOP á Grikklandi og SIF í Litháen en Inova stýrir verkefninu.

Starfsmenn EMPOWER hjá Vinnumálastofnun eru þær Ásdís Guðmundsdóttir,  Ingibjörg Ebba Björnsdóttir og Sigrún Elmers og gefa þær nánari upplýsingar.

asdis.gudmundsdottir@vmst.is

ingibjorg.bjornsdottir@vmst.is

sigrun.elmers@vmst.is

Námskeiðið er þátttakendum að kostnaðarlausu.

Hægt er að sækja um þátttöku með því að smella á tengilinn hér að neðan:

Umsóknareyðublað

Nánari upplýsingar um verkefnið má finna á heimasíðu þess www.empoweringwomen.eu

 

 

Pilot 2 of EMPOWER Others training

The delivery of the second pilot of the EMPOWER Others training for support workers was concluded earlier in November in the UK. During the 8 sessions the participants learnt about a wide range of topics they can implement in their work with their clients. The sessions covered topics such as positive psychology, soft skills for employability, intrapreneurship, time management and storytelling.

During our final session participants gave positive feedback on the sessions.

“ [The training] helped me to reflect personally [and] will help me to help client reflect on soft skills.”

“I enjoyed the training very much. It was very interesting and useful.”

“I have really enjoyed the course.”

We’d love to hear from you!

Have you been involved in the EMPOWER project, or would you like to be?
We are only a message away!

We always love to hear about someone’s inspiration and drive, as this, in turn, is what inspires and drives us. Write us a letter, record a video, sing a song, etc. the possibilities are endless!

Need some encouragement? Check out our YouTube-channel to hear our participants talk about what the EMPOWER project has meant to them.

 

 

Success Story

We all need a bit of encouragement sometimes, which is why in the coming months we will be posting several inspiring testimonials.

First up is Anna from Greece who, at the age of 44, had to start looking for employment for the first time after having devoted her time to her children’s upbringing.

We all need a Role Model sometimes – Chapter 1

Disclaimer: you might need a bit of Google Translate as the interview is written in the beautiful Greek language.