The consortium consists of five partners: Two from Iceland and one from each of the following countries: Greece (Athens), Italy (Palermo) and United Kingdom (Sheffeld).
Bifröst University was founded in Reykjavík Iceland in 1918 on the model of Ruskin College, Oxford, under the name Samvinnuskólinn or the Cooperative College. From the start its role was to educate leaders for business and society at large. The school was moved to
Borgarfjörður in 1955, situated 110km north of the capital. Bifröst University is
a school of social sciences that educates socially responsible leaders. From the
beginning, the focus at Bifröst University has been education and social affairs.
For over 30 years, Bifröst has offered courses and programs that aim to increase
the participation of women in society and working life. Since 2004, Bifröst has
successfully run a vocational educational program called Women Power, where
women who are looking to start their own business or acquire new skills in
business and company operations, come together for networking and studying.
CENTRO PER LO SVILUPPO CREATIVO “DANILO DOLCI” is a non-profit organisation located in Palermo, born in 1958 from the experience and work of Danilo Dolci, a social activist, sociologist, pacifist and pedagogue.
Following his path, CSC works at local and European levels, focusing on two main pillars:
Local Development, starting from the needs of the community and paying special attention to the most disadvantaged target groups;
Creativity, promoting innovation in education and using new methodologies to empower young, adults and professionals.
Particularly, the work of the Centre is based on the Reciprocal Maieutic Approach, a methodology of research and self-analysis useful to develop creativity, communication, cooperation and active participation.
CSC has a long- lasting experience in projects and initiatives on the following topics:
Social inclusion & Active citizenship
Empowerment of youth
Entrepreneurship & Mobility
The Hellenic American Education Center (HAEC) has been approved and licensed by the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs to provide undergraduate and graduate degree programs as Hellenic American College.
Hellenic American College has signed a cooperation agreement with Hellenic American University (436 Amherst Street, Nashua, New Hampshire, NH03063, USA) that enables the College to offer the University’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its facilities in Athens. Upon successful completion of their studies and the fulfillment of all degree requirements as specified in the relevant University Catalog, participants in these degree programs are granted a degree directly from Hellenic American University, Nashua.
As an educational institution, HAEC is not only responsible for the academic development of its students but equally for their career development and employability upon the completion of their studies. To this aim, it already implements several activities and initiatives (career counselling, employability workshops, networking with employers, entrepreneurship series) which can assist students in entering, remaining and advancing in the labor market.
Since 2014, Hellenic American College is a member of EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education). In terms of research, the goal of the institution's community is to fashion a research agenda that not only promotes the creation of new knowledge, but also improves upon the current social and economic condition. To this end, the institution has participated, as a partner in EU funded projects (e.g. OPTIMALE, 2010) and has established partnerships with EU institutions to promote research.
Inova Consultancy is a female-owned SME which specialises in providing consultancy services and project work in the field of gender, professional development non-traditional fields and entrepreneurship. Inova has extensive experience in working on European Funded Projects in the field of enterprise and career support, both as a partner and contractor in LLP and Erasmus Plus projects.
Inova has specialist experience in running workshops, training courses and mentoring programmes aimed at women starting up or developing their business. Inova has also
produced several personal development/soft skills development workshops and
developed the innovative training methodology of Mentoring Circles™ for women
entrepreneurs in the UK and the EU. Inova has extensive networks of individuals and organisations committed to increasing the numbers of women in under-represented
courses and careers (e.g. self-employment across Europe) and has vast experience in
working on transnational projects, understanding transnational project management, dissemination, mainstreaming and evaluation requirements.
Inova has previously been involved in numerous projects promoting entrepreneurship and employability amongst (double disadvantaged) women in order to build their confidence and realise their full potential (WINGS, FREE, EMPOWER). Inova supports women who aspire to grow or set up their own business, aiming to improve the gender balance in the European business world. Inova furthermore has experience with the integration of migrants in the UK, through employability and entrepreneurship (Migrapreneurs, Youth2Work, BADGE).
Símenntunarmiðstöðin á Vesturlandi (SMV) is a nonprofit lifelong learning organization, owned by municipalities in the area, local labour unions, local colleges, and some key companies.
The aim of SMV is to promote lifelong learning and adult education in the Western region of Iceland. The target group in adult education is composed of those who have not completed the upper secondary level of education. SMW offers career counselling, competence validation, educational managers for companies, courses for skilled personnel, language learning, industrial school, consulting for employers, studies for invalid adults, and all kinds of tailored educational courses according to needs. Furthermore, SMV participates in various national and international collaborative projects. There are 6 people employed as 4,80 % staff value in SMV.