MENTOR: Career-mentoring for transition success to work life

The 1st of September, 2018 VsI Socialiniu inovaciju centras (LT) with partners from UK – Apricot Training Management LTD, SE – Folkuniversitetet stiftelsen vid Lunds Universitet, MK – 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.


PROJECT NEWS

On 31st of May, VšĮ Social Innovations Centre presented the project Mentor was presented in the Conference, in Šiauliai University Library. The Conference was attended by different specialists – teachers, social workers, psychologists, social pedagogues, etc. Project manager Aurelija Jankiene talked about the essence and aims of this project.
Project MENTOR aims to support adult educators by developing an innovative Career-focused mentoring methodology for fostering the inclusion and employability of disadvantaged adult learners (unemployed, low skilled, needing to change occupational field etc.).
During the workshops Vilma Tubutiene presented the main methodologies used in this project.
We are glad that so many people found time to participate in this amazing event.


On 6th-9th May, Social Innovations Centre (LT) and partners from UK – Apricot Training Management LTD, SE – Folkuniversitetet stiftelsen vid Lunds Universitet, ES – Campus Sant Joan de Déu, Fundació Privada and TR – Aydin Valiligi had 2nd Transnational Meeting of the project “MENTOR: career mentoring for transition success to work life“, which was held in a beautiful city of Barcelona, Spain. New partner Campus Sant Joan de Déu, Fundació Privada was introduced and shared their experience and knowledge. During this meeting, Hilary Hale (Apricot, UK) introduced everyone with Self-awareness tool, its peculiarities, and possible issues in translation, it aims to develop an innovative Career-focused mentoring methodology for fostering the inclusion and employability of disadvantaged adult learners (unemployed, low skilled, needing to change occupational field etc.). Later administrative and monitoring information was reminded in order to ensure appropriate execution of the project. After the official part, social programme was organized to see the main attractions of Barcelona. We are grateful to our partners from Spain for their hospitality and everyone for participating.


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.