THE PROJECT

WENTELS project is an initiative developed by a consortium of six European organisations from five EU Member States.

WENTELS project aims and objectives

The main objective of WENTELS is to improve women's access to the labour market in Spain, UK, Bulgaria, Italy and Sweden through the provision of entrepreneurship training and online networking in order to help redress the problem of high female unemployment rates across Europe.

This is achieved by providing a set of e-Learning courses and training materials on entrepreneurship, a serious business game with which you can learn and practice the basics of running a new business and a knowledge base with a wide range of other resources.

WENTELS aims to meet the needs of the largest possible number of European women by offering a range of tools and training on entrepreneurship that can assist them when starting their businesses or returning to the workforce. Gaining self confidence through training is crucial when developing the skills required to ‘go it alone’ by running your own business or when returning to work after a long period of absence.

Why is WENTELS project necessary?

Women – especially young women, women immigrants and women returning to the workplace – are bearing the brunt of the current European economic downturn. This is particularly true in those countries which are experiencing the highest unemployment rates and cuts in government spending for provision of social services related to the care of young children and dependent relatives.

These problems are more severe in Southern & Eastern countries than elsewhere inside the EU, as these economies struggle to implement the structural reforms in their economies that are needed to enable them to overcome the global financial crisis.

WENTELS hopes to have an impact in the following areas:

  • In the training market through the development of new targeted business/enterprise based e-Learning resources for women.
  • In the expansion of using innovative e-Learning technologies (e.g. gaming) to develop entrepreneurial skills in the target groups of women.
  • With potential women entrepreneurs, helping them to avoid many of the common pitfalls associated with new start-ups by providing them training and testing out their business idea in a virtual environment.
  • On the overall entrepreneurial general capacity in European countries.

By encouraging women to start their own business and through using a serious business game to foster collaboration and joint working, the project is reinforcing the “contribution of lifelong learning to social cohesion & active citizenship”.