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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 the France (Channel) England Programme: €4 million ERDF
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 FEDER
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
colleagues from 4 different PONToon partner organisations participate in a video call to discuss the PONToon digital tools
Over the last few weeks, PONToon partners have taken part in focus group discussions to improve the PONToon digital tools.
Participant testing out virtual reality
Star & Crescent Founding Editor Tom Sykes talks to PONToon’s coordinator, Chinasa Ezugha, about the challenges – and opportunities – facing the project in the COVID-19 era.
A woman working at her desk, presumably at home due to the various ornaments and spongebob paraphernalia the decorate her desk. The Interreg 5A logo is clearly visible in the top right corner.
In this article, we look at useful advice and experiences from PONToon partners, and insights into how colleagues are adapting to work during lockdown.

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