CASTWOMAN project aims to contribute to reduce the gender gap in the foundry industry, by highlighting female role models in this professional field and raise awareness among female VET trainees to approach and mobilize the skills and competencies related to KETs to respond the demands to the new century foundries.

Specific objectives:

Eliminate stereotypes in education and professional life that give rise to differences in the employment of women and men in the industrial field, and particularly in the foundry sector.

Increase the representation of women in the foundry sector, by improved opportunities for young women referring their inclusion, employability and economic security.

Improved motivation for young women to consider non-traditional careers in foundry sector giving visibility to the professionals who work in the foundry and in traditionally “masculinized” professions. Make visible feminine referents.

Contribute to decrease the existing professional and sectoral segregation in the foundry sector, recognizing and mobilizing women’s technical skills and abilities.

Increase the number of women in industrial and technological VET studies, making it easier for girls to discover the numerous learning and training opportunities related to KET.

To support VET trainers and career guidance facilitators get resources and training material to attract young women to the foundry sector, and in general, to the industrial sector, by changing the attitudes towards equality in employment and KETs learning.

To help the industrial companies and foundries to have qualified workers, no matter the gender issue.


Inspiring stories: As role models will be used the most innovative female and change agents in the partners countries. By using real women, that meet specific challenges in their work within the foundries, the elaborated models will provide easy understandable, very practical and well-organized structure of the components of their work, and clear picture on what set of skills are important and needed to be improved to ensure the success and sustainability of their jobs.

Digital toolkit: Digital Toolkit for VET trainers and youth career facilitators: a comprehensive career guidance package of resources and training material to empower VET trainers, counsellors and career guidance facilitators to find the right kind of information that will benefit their female students by breaking gender stereotypes and facilitating women’s career planning to entry into the foundry market.