We are proud to be supporting an international project that focuses on up-skilling socially disadvantaged women through a fusion of digital technologies and creative industries. The model centres on community development, social and economic inclusion and equality.
The project develops a number of digital tools, from virtual reality interviews, webinars and apps to bespoke computer game experiences. The game scenarios aim to engage and train users on basic and advanced ICT skills, social media and other digital skills. These novel forms of training are often found to be more engaging and effective than traditional methods and will help socially excluded women gain the relevant skills needed to support employment and economic inclusion.
As a local business, you can help support the project by:
- Contributing to the development of the digital toolkit
We are currently looking for testers to receive user feedback for the tools
- Offering internship places at no cost to you
The three and a half year PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies fostering sOcial and ecOnomic inclusioN) initiative is funded by Interreg FCE, led by the University of Portsmouth and supported by a further ten partners (including Eastleigh Borough Council) from France and the UK. There is a total budget of €5.8 million euros (approximately €1.5 million total budget to University of Portsmouth; 69% grant funded, 31% partner contribution). Our support includes the provision of communications expertise to help raise the profile and extend the reach and impact of the project.
For information or to get involved, please email the Economic Development team