Mommypreneurs is an international project which aims to strengthen skills of young inactive women on maternity leave or caring for children, to equip them with new digital and/or entrepreneurship skills to improve their potential in re-entering the labour market or start their own business. During the project, 6 training batches will be organized – 4 to gain digital skills and 2 to gain entrepreneurship skills.
Target group of the project includes young mothers (most of them will be up to 29 years old) who are on maternity leave or are unemployed. Most of the project participants will have basic digital skills and will not know how to operate Wordpress/Wix or other platforms that will be included in the training.
Mommypreneurs project takes place in 7 countries and is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment. Startup Division, the leading entrepreneurship support organisation in the Baltics, is implementing the project in Lithuania.
Digital skills trainings
Women who are willing to provide digital services as freelancers or work in ICT companies.
Free 2 month in class and online digital skills training program (such as Web design or eCommerce.)
After the program women will be able to become self-employed or be more competitive and have better career prospects as employees of traditional business.
Despite positive trends, there is still a significant pay gap between men and women. Many recent research indicates that the gap is often caused by the maternity leave – this phenomenon is also known as “motherhood wage penalty”. Maternity leave makes women more likely to “drop-out” of the labour market or “freeze” their career development. This adds to the youth unemployment as many young women find it hard to keep or find a job after childbirth and maternity leave.
Over 7% of women lose their jobs due to pregnancy each year, 45% suffer some sort of financial loss and 50% are less likely to be promoted. “Motherhood wage penalty” ranges from 5% to 25% across EU countries.
Our consortium believes that a significant pay gap could be mitigated by women acquiring:
-Entrepreneurship skills and becoming a self-employed
-Highly demanded IT skills and re-entering the labour market being more skilled and confident
Therefore, we developed high-quality training programs which will be provided to the most motivated women free of charge.