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Theme : PONToon focus on developing digital tools that will help upskill women by improving their digital competencies

Program : Interreg France Manche

Université de Portsmouth


Amiens Metropole


Digital Peninsula Network

Eastleigh Borough Council

GIP-FCIP de l’académie de Caen

Maison de l’Emploi et de la Formation Professionnelle du Pays de Brest

Plymouth & District Mind


WSX Enterprise

Presentation of  PONToon project

The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth lead a project that

improve the employment rates of women from disadvantaged backgrounds by developing a range of digital tools

and technologies that will be used to tackle the digital skills shortage that currently exists in the UK and France.

The project, known as PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies fostering sOcial and ecOnomic

inclusion),  target socially excluded women who are far removed from the labour market and who may face

challenges such as single parenthood and mental health issues.

PONToon focus on developing several digital tools that will help upskill women by improving their digital

competencies and providing them with the necessary digital skills to access the labour market.

The various tools will include virtual reality interviews, webinars and bespoke computer game experiences, where

the game scenarios aim to engage and train users on basic and advanced ICT skills, social media usage and other

digital skills. These novel forms of training are often found to be more engaging and e?ective than traditional

methods and will help socially excluded women gain the relevant employability skills needed to support their

economic inclusion.

The tools will be co-created and developed by women who currently do not have access to digital technology.

Through developing the tools they will learn additional skills on idea development, data creation and project


The toolkit will then be shared with service providers, job centres and local authorities enabling them to o?er a

more engaging and complete training o?er to women. Over the 3-and-a-half year lifetime of the project, the tools