What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The potential hindrances to the success of WEP involve language skills on the one hand and that women are not necessarily psychologically or situationally prepared for immersion into the course and subsequent job placement. Some of the participants have not had role models, encouragement from family, or resources for balancing needs of home and work. In order to overcome the barrier to technical training in a foreign language, WEP will extend the English preparatory language skills segment of the course and accommodate those for whom language is a real barrier. To meet the new needs of women who are eager - yet for a variety of reasons, reluctant - to thoroughly engage in the program, ITWorks has implemented a "Job Club" in which participants can access any one of our professional staff for support in personal and professional related issues throughout and subsequent to the course.
Tell us about your partnerships
Maximizing information and support provided by all available resources, ITWorks can best locate, access, recruit from and address issues related to the specific demographic composition of each group. ITWorks actively partners with local ministries and community networks for information about local needs. By working with other local NGOs, the Prime Minister's Office, The National Insurance Institute, Social Welfare and alternative education for youth organizations, ITWorks is able to enhance the effectiveness of each program which varies with each group and need.
ITWorks' programs are run with the support and input of governmental organizations in order to insure their adoption by institutional services within a three year period. This assurance not only provides a basis for programmatic sustainability, but frees ITWorks' resources to pursue programs in other locales beyond the scope of Israel's technological center, offering its cutting edge vocational training to new target groups.
Our work with local businesses with whom we consult in designing curricula and interviewing schedule and content, we are able to insure that participants learn technologies that are needed locally, guaranteeing skilled job placement in areas accessible, and with suitable conditions.
Because the programs are linguistically and technically adaptable, ITWorks' programs promise national scalability and international replication.
Explain your selections
The figure listed above is the total operating budgets for ITworks for 2010. Sources of support includes in-kind from technology companies (for Networking Devices and Course Curriculum), from ITWorks itself (Post Course Support and Program Manager), and local municipalities (for computer lab rental). For WEP and non-WEP programs funding is provided by foundations in the United States and Europe. In Israel, support includes funding in-part buy regional and national governmental offices that insure its implementation in places in need and the sustainability of the program regionally beyond ITWorks' participation. Customers include unemployed students that pay small fees for the courses.
How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?
WEP uses its innovative adaptability model to create curricula guaranteeing that the specific needs and capacities of all participants are addressed, responding to the specific technological needs of regional employers. Tailoring each program to local needs guarantees subsequent job placement, maintenance and high-quality job performance of graduates employed in gratifying, quality, positions. Our program is strengthened through on-going engagement with each group, addressing its needs while meeting those of respective local technology companies. This guarantees success and strengthens the program's innovative approach to training, professional development and capacity for post course job placement. Because no two program implementations are the same, "best practice" demands technological accuracy in the development of curricula and its application. To insure that the training material remains relevant, responding to currents in technology, WEP staff leverages all existing partnerships with businesses for short and long term projections. In cooperation with relevant health and welfare organizations, municipalities and governmental offices, ITWorks continues to make inroads into new communities in need. Finally, WEP is strengthened by a consistent internal and external evaluation process that assesses new needs and capacities, progress, and frontiers throughout the course. The above provides the basis of WEP's sustainability as a working model that can be used regionally and globally, and scalability, as a linguistically and technologically adaptable model.