France: Helping women over 45 find a job

March 3, 2009

In 2008, Microsoft France and Force Femmes signed a partnership to provide real answers to the challenge of employability in Europe promoting social cohesion and equal opportunities. This initiative helps women above 45 to find a job. The programme includes sets of IT trainings and e-learning, laptops (recycled laptops from Microsoft France), software, free Web banners (MSN Actions Solidaires,France's Web channel dedicated to NGOs), support of Microsoft volunteers and access to European Grant consultancy (EUGA).

In 2009, 137 women have already signed up for IT trainings for the first semester of the year. These sections will introduce them to basic IT tools, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and internet, and progresses till the creation of their first web pages on Office Live. The NGO also plans to launch around 30 thematic workshops reaching at least 200 women this year. In 2008, 12 IT training sections were organised reaching 80 women. Besides that, several workshops and forums were launched on several issues including IT and HR skills, such as e-recruitment and CV on-line, reaching 1100 women.
Fran├žoise Sariban, one of the participants of the IT trainings, said: “I really appreciated this journey, it allowed me to understand the functions of the last version of Word and I could really progress on this! I also appreciate the group participating on the section; the ones with good graphic skills gave me advice on how to improve the presentation of my business card that I had created on word. It was on a very good mood that I shared this journey with them!” (Source: Microsoft/Alliance on Skills for Employability)