The 1st of September, 2018 VsI Socialiniu inovaciju centras (LT) with partners from UK – Apricot Training Management LTD, SE – Folkuniversitetet stiftelsen vid Lunds Universitet, FYROM – Proficio Skopje, ES – INSTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN SL and TR – Aydin Valiligi started ERASMUS+ KA204 project “MENTOR – Career-mentoring for transition success to work life” (2018-1-LT01-KA204-047032).
MENTOR will develop a Career-focused mentoring methodology which will be performed with disadvantage groups of adult learners (unemployed, low skilled etc.) by trained mentors and supported by experienced tutors.
At the beginning of the Project provisional draft of Guidelines for Career-focused mentoring and Training material for training of adult teachers-tutors will be elaborated and 10 tutors will be trained. The Self-awareness diagnostic tool, Handbook and Tutors guide will be improved and translated into partner’s languages. Self-awareness diagnostic tool, that was elaborated and adopted by partner Apricot Ltd will be transferred to all partner countries. This particular diagnostic uniquely incorporates the analysis of a person’s approach to mastering new tasks, knowledge and skills and is validated by the Psychometrics Centre, University of Cambridge. This Tool, translated into partner languages, will equip Career mentors with an effective instrument for self-diagnostic of mentees and helps to lead them to find strategies for success and career decisions based on each mentee’s personal qualities and preferences come in to their own.
After 5 days short-term joint staff training, tutors (10) will provide trainings for selected mentors (30) in each partner’s country. Methodology for Career-focused mentoring and Self-awareness diagnostic tool will be transmitted to adult educators-mentors in the partner countries who later will perform the pilot mentoring with 60 final beneficiaries – adults in disadvantage situation (unemployed, low skilled, etc.). The feedback collected by mentors performing the pilots will refine, finalize the Guidelines for Career-focused mentoring, that will be available via Erasmus+ Project Results Platform.
The Kick-off meeting of MENTOR was held in Skopje, FYROM on 1-5 of October, 2018. The participants Project coordinator – VsI Socialiniu inovaciju centras (LT) and Partners from UK – Apricot Training Management LTD, SE – Folkuniversitetet stiftelsen vid Lunds Universitet, FYROM – Proficio Skopje, ES – INSTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN SL and TR – Aydin Valiligi presented their organisations’ activities and experience and practice in mentoring, coaching, employability and soft skills development programmes. Vilma Tubutiene from Project’s coordinating organisation presented idea, objectives, overall activities, expected results, and intellectual outputs of MENTOR. Then Dissemination and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy and Quality Assurance and Monitoring Plan were discussed. Hilary Hale from Apricot Training Management LTD introduced with Self-awareness tool which translated into partner languages will equip Career mentors with an effective instrument for self-diagnostic of mentees. Project manager Rita Brijunaite provided Administrative information: contracts, funding rules, project documentation, IT tools for communication and data, regular and effective communication, setting dates of PM, etc. Official part ended with Meeting evaluation.
Receiving organisation Proficio Skopje organised an exiting Social programme-networking for meeting participants. The Old Bazaar, Turkish Hammam, Macedonian Ethno Village, Memorial House of mother Teresa and other wonderful places were visited.