FEMCON's mission is to create innovative vocational education and training tools to help women working in or considering a career in the construction industry advance to visible roles within the industry. The project's goal is to make the industry more appealing to women, resulting in a greater number of women choosing the sector, creating conditions for positive change, and improving the industry's gender outlook and quality of life in the male-dominated sector.
The EU construction industry's future is jeopardised by a chronic labour shortage - Europe's construction output cannot keep up with demand (OECD). Prior to COVID-19, there was a labour shortage in the construction industry. Now, the industry is facing even more labour challenges, just as growth appears to be on the horizon. Women make up only 9% of the construction industry's workforce in Europe, leaving a huge talent pool untapped. Construction labour shortages in the EU are also expected to worsen in the future as the population declines and the workforce ages.
FEMCON INCLUSION REACH & TEACH toolkit, based on interactive, user-friendly formats, namely videos, text & graphics. As a TEACH tool, it will help VET educators reach both construction companies & female workforce, to inspire them to learn more about the need for change & take action.
FEMCON CURRICULUM – a collection of Open Education Resources to equip VET trainers to provide specialist learning content to women working or interested in a career in the construction to help career progression & development of females in this industry. The OERs will include the pedagogic guide, which will explain methods to use & deliver the curriculum
The FEMCON WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION GOOD PRACTICE SHOWCASE aims to inspire women interested in construction and those already working in the industry, as well as construction companies and VET, to strive for more visible roles and more favourable positions in the industry by highlighting solutions that can be implemented further.
FEMCON INTERACTIVE LEARNING DIGITAL PLATFORM will facilitate collaboration, promote peer-to-peer learning, and encourage cross-project idea fertilisation. It will aid in the development of closer relationships as well as the sharing of information and learning. The tool will be used by all stakeholders to promote "communities and networks of learning, collaboration, and practise."