€350,000 in funds for 700 women to obtain digital skills within next two years
Malta will be benefitting from almost €350,000 in funds from the European economic zone and Norway so that, within the next two years, 700 women who do not have digital skills will be given training to improve their job opportunities. The aim of this project entitled ‘Women4IT’ is that for at least 100 of these women to find work related to IT.
It is estimated that nine out of every ten employees require digital skills but there are not enough employees with the required skills to work in the jobs being created.
To this end, the Communications Authority and the Agency Tech.MT has launched ‘Women4IT’ which is intended to develop the digital competence of young women who are at risk of being excluded from the workforce as they do not have enough skills in this digital age.
The CEO of Tech.MT, Dana Farrugia said that with the way the digital economy is developing, the risk of exclusion is real for those without digital skills. She said that the project is intended to avoid anyone being excluded from the technological revolution By means of this project, the collaboration with employers will continue for another two years to train 700 women, which will include those women who are registering for work, women who have just become mothers or women who are coming from disadvantaged or low-income families.
Dana Farrugia said, “our target is that ultimately, there will 100 women who will find work related to the digital industry.”
The Parliamentary Secretary for Digital Economy, Silvio Schembri said that although Malta is very advanced in this field, there is still a shortage of women in this sector. The Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Aaron Farrugia said that the funds allocated to Malta for this project amount to almost €350,000.