Mentoring Pathways toward Employment
Date du début: 1 nov. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 oct. 2017
Unfortunately, those most in need of up-skilling are barely participating in continued learning at all. Non-formal second chance education for ESL is almost non-existent and adult participation in lifelong learning is negligible amongst the low skilled or unemployed. The lack of lifelong learning creates a low skills trap for the seventy million adults without upper secondary education attainment that are most in need of up-skilling. It´s well known that employers are reluctant to hire persons that involve high risk of drop-out, require consistent efforts in support (counselling) or require long learning curves to achieve acceptable performances.
The MPATH project will create a mentoring model to help low skilled and long term unemployed workers to enter in the labour market and maintaining theirs job place. The project foresees the creation of mentor course targeting practitioners’, trainers’ and VET providers’. The project will identify the suitable profile and competencies to support or perform mentoring programs within small and medium companies and non-profit organisations (SME/O’s), including delivering it in working contexts. Mentoring is a competencies development based process, combining guidance, counselling and coaching process, which has been proven successful in terms of promoting excluded groups employability and social inclusion. It’s a way to promote and improve employees’ transversal skills using training and work-based methodologies, but also includes sustainable strategies to deliver these services: through courses (lifelong learning, high education modules or masters), internships and partnerships between NGO, social enterprises and private sector (to support counselling). The funding will be used to introduce innovations that increase efficiency and results of these actions. So the results will be easily embedded into the system delivering added value.
We expect MPATH project to have a significant impact in the context of the labour market. First, on low skilled and long term unemployed (LTU) workers, which will receive training and gain new competencies and transversal skills during the training activities useful for everyday faced challenges. The impact of training activities will result in actions from which low skilled and long term unemployed workers will be the main beneficiaries - creation of labour integration paths and competencies to maintaining theirs job place. Mentoring model is also a way to companies promote employee development. Mentoring programs is a workplace oriented learning process (for mentees) but also an intended employee’s career development as the relationship between the mentee and the mentor is a strategic investment, by an organization, in the personal development of its organizational members. That can be called a win-win situation, because it covers the career interests of the mentees, the mentoring plan of the mentors and, the intention of the organization to make better use of the human potentials of its employees. Mentors therefore help integration, the preservation of the workplaces, thus improving the job-preservation capabilities of the given companies. For the employers, lower fluctuation rates mean smaller training costs.
In each country will be organized a 2 national seminars, validation workshops to engage experts and key stakeholders in providing inputs to projects different outputs. Participants, organizations, civil society in general and decision makers will be informed regularly about project results and outputs - dissemination strategy. So locally the desire impact will be ownership.
Mentoring could significantly contribute in promoting the smart, sustainable and inclusive priorities of the Europe 2020, by enhancing the performance of education systems and contributing to decrease of 1st job seekers and long term unemployed (LTU) job place retention. The percentage of ESL (one in seven young people leave education and training too early) which normally become LTU and those low skilled adults which left school at early stages are the groups with the highest unemployment rate. MPATH foresees the piloting of cascade mentoring paths, from mentors coordinators, passing by mentors and closing with mentees in the already stated situation. We aim to deliver a mentoring kit that can be used both by SME's and SMO's (non profit)
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