Femme (French for 'Woman'), is the Fostering Enterprise Motivation Mentoring and Education programme set up by North West Rural Development.
WOMEN'STEC hosted a fact finding mission of the FEMME group. Twenty five women from the Inishowen Peninsula, Garva and Claudy visited WOMEN'STEC on Thursday 21st September 2006 to learn about women in non-traditional training.
Chief Executive Anne McVicker welcomed the women and presented the WOMEN'STEC, its history, the work carried out and the achievements of the past 13 years.
Co-ordinator for the Trading Places Project Helen Crickard informed the group about her experience in supporting nine women through NVQ training in Joinery, Electrics, Wall & Floor Tiling and Brickwork. She explained that while women excel in non-traditional skills, their biggest obstacle is actually getting a work placement. Helen also talked of her personal experience as a qualified joiner and entrepreneur.
Co-ordinator for the Girl Power Project, Patricia Fleming, talked of how important it was to offer training and careers advice to schoolgirls. Through this project, 14-16 year-old girls receive training in Joinery, Electrics, Plumbing, Painting & Decorating and Mosaics; this is mostly carried out in schools, in alternative education projects and in young women's groups. Fleming pointed out that "It is important to change mindsets at a young age and the younger, the better'