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Welcome to PONToon (Bienvenue à PONToon)

Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies fostering sOcial and ecOnomic inclusioN

What is the PONToon Project?

The bridge to digital skills employment and empowerment.

(La passerelle vers l'emploi et l'autonomisation des compétences numériques.)

PONToon is an exciting project that will use a range of new and developing technologies such as games development, 3D/virtual reality, social media and web/mobile apps to engage, support and up-skill women in order to aid their employment opportunities.

The project is centred around community development, social and economic inclusion and equality. It aims to produce a method of working that's not only scalable and transferrable but also applicable to broader demographic sets and geographical regions for continuing impact.

PONToon will employ digital tools and methods to provide equal access to training and employment services in response to the digital skills shortage existing across all sectors of work. PONToon will provide a more flexible approach to existing training/employment services increasing efficiency and quality due to the dual effect of the toolkit enhancing both technical digital skills and core competencies for employment.

Budget received from France (Channel) England Programme: €4 million European Regional Development Fund
Total Project Budget: €5.79 million
Project Duration: 3.5 years

(PONToon est un projet passionnant qui utilisera une gamme de technologies novatrices et/ou encore en cours de développement, telles que le développement de jeux, la réalité 3D/virtuelle, les médias sociaux et les applications web/mobiles, avec pour objectif d'impliquer, de soutenir et d'améliorer les compétences des femmes afin de les aider à trouver un emploi.

Le projet est centré sur le développement d'une communauté, l'inclusion sociale et économique et l'égalité. Il vise à produire une méthode de travail, non seulement évolutive et transférable, mais aussi applicable à des ensembles démographiques et des régions géographiques plus larges pour un impact continu.

PONToon utilisera des outils et des méthodes numériques pour fournir un accès égal aux services de formation et d'emploi en réponse à la pénurie de compétences numériques qui existe dans tous les secteurs d'activité. PONToon offrira une approche plus souple des services de formation et d'emploi existants, ce qui améliorera l'efficacité et la qualité en raison du double effet de la boîte à outils, à savoir l'amélioration des compétences techniques numériques et des compétences essentielles pour l'emploi.

Budget octroyé par le programme France (Manche) Angleterre: 4 millions d'euros Fonds européen de développement régional
Budget total du projet: 5,79 millions d'euros
Durée du projet: 3,5 ans)

By using cross-border expertise, this project will provide engaging ways of teaching women how to use this technology. These skills will play an important role in helping these women find a job. (En utilisant l'expertise transfrontalière, ce projet fournira des moyens attrayants d'enseigner aux femmes comment utiliser cette technologie. Ces compétences joueront un rôle important pour aider ces femmes à trouver un emploi.)
Professor Joan Farrer
A collection of images depicting various PONToon activities, such as virtual reality, tilt brush, digital circus and digital arts
On the 1st December, the University of Portsmouth will host the PONToon Virtual Symposium, focusing on themes of digital innovation and female empowerment.
Two women chat via video conferencing software
In two short video tutorials, we take a look at two different video calling options, Skype and Jitsi, that are free to access and fairly easy to get to grips with!
A group of Amiens Métropole beneficiaries trial the PONToon digital tools with trainers from Mission Locale
Last month PONToon partner Amiens Métropole carried out a number of ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions for PONToon stakeholder organisation Mission Locale.

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