The programme "Women in Trades and Technology (FIT)" is a key element of the women's employment policy programme 2006-2010 of the Austrian Public Employment Service (AMS). This programme aims to promote the training of women in trades and technological professions. Among other reasons, this programme is special because it offers specific support to potentially interested women by means of preparatory modules, and because it finances long-term training and education - e.g. through apprenticeships, in higher technical education institutes (HTL), universities of applied science, and Kollegs (special institutions of higher education offering instruction in a vocational or technical field).
In Upper Austria the implementation of the programme strongly focussed on the qualification of women in the framework of foundations called “FEM Implacement”. The aim of “FEM Implacement” is to provide women who have an interest in a trade or technical profession with the opportunity to complete a non-traditional apprenticeship through "Implacement". The objective is to enhance the professional spectrum of women and to facilitate their access to qualified jobs in those branches of trade where they are significantly under-represented.
In the framework of the present evaluation, 50 former participants of “FEM Implacement” were questioned regarding their experiences, and their career after their participation was documented.
Team: Nadja Bergmann, Claudia Sorger, Petra Wetzel
Client: Public Employment Office Upper Austria