BMW - Be a Mentor in the Workplace

6 Participating countries:
Project Reference: 2013-1-PT1-LEO05-15778
Part of :

Education and training\Life long learning (2007-2013)\LEONARDO DA VINCI\Multilateral projects on Innovation

Summary

Europe is facing the problem of population aging, which is on the top of the EC 2020 Strategies. According to Eurostat EU27 active population is about 58 million people aged 50-60, representing almost 25% of all actives, when 22% of aged 5-24 are unemployed.
People are living healthy longer lives, which opens large opportunities to continue working and having important roles in the world of work. By the other hand, is visible a lack of vocational skills from the younger population including the new comers to world of work, wanting to increase their work performance, be creative, competitive, provoking improvements in their companies, increasing their employability, going up in their careers. After 2012 European Year for Active Aging, this is faced as a challenge which opens also many opportunities of lifelong learning for the people involved, articulated with the urgent need of raising productivity and economic performance. Older active population possess an important knowledge and skills capital which can be potentiated through an inter-generational process of transferring skills and accompanying younger active population in their jobs and careers within SMEs which are a strong pillar of the employer system in Europe. Be a Mentor in the Workplace is a project which promotes, widely speaking, the development of mentoring skills, under the perspective of work based lifelong learning, of both mentors and mentees, envisaging a strong impact in the enterprises and SMEs where both work, regarding the productivity and quality enhancement, the improvement of organization and intergeneration climate, job satisfaction and motivation and valorisation of the target-groups by adopting new models of learning in the workplace and the use of ICT facilities. The project consists in the transfer of already existing and validated tools and methodologies, adapted, tested, validated and implemented in new target-groups. Through this transfer process, the project will develop a new ICT based framework for setting up Mentoring in SME's, a methodology for certifying Mentors, including an innovative course for mentors, an innovative guide for oriented the Mentee in an effective mentoring relationship and an ICT based training for becoming an e-Mentor including a feed-back system to evaluate the mentoring system/results and the mentoring relationship, envisaging the mainstreaming of those tools within Education and Training Systems in each country. The consortium envisages contributing to promote work-based lifelong learning more close to the needs of increasing economic performance and competitiveness of SMEs with a strong multiplying effect throughout Europe.

Results

Description

The project brings to action 7 partners from 6 different countries - Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Slovakia, Poland, UK, who identified the same weaknesses and opportunities and join efforts and complementary expertise to promote this innovative project in the field of Mentoring. Due to their previous work in the field, the partnership identified the Mentoring as an opportunity to promote the interchange of experience and competences between generations inside companies/SMEs, oriented to improve competitiveness, investing in lifelong learning.
The project consists in the transfer of already existing and validated tools and methodologies, adapted, tested, validated and implemented in new target-groups. Through this transfer process, the project will develop:
 a new ICT based framework for setting up Mentoring in SME's:
 a methodology for certifying Mentors, including an innovative course for mentors:
 an innovative guide for oriented the Mentee in an effective mentoring relationship:
 an ICT based training for becoming an e-Mentor including a feed-back system to evaluate the mentoring system/results and the mentoring relationship;
 the mainstreaming of those tools within Education and Training Systems in each country.
The main objective of the project is to contribute for the promotion of work-based lifelong learning closer to the needs of increasing economic performance and competitiveness of SMEs with a strong multiplying effect throughout Europe. The project aims at developing innovative tools and approaches in the field on Mentoring, based on already existing knowledge and material, fostering the inter-relationship between generations with benefits for employability of older and younger people, as well as for SMEs’ competitiveness.
The project started on 01 October 2013 and will end on 30 September 2015.


Other data

Coordinator

Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal

Rua de Fundões - Devesa Velha s/n, 3700-121, S. João da Madeira
Rita.Souto@ctcp.pt
+351256830957


Partners

JONAC Naamloze Venootschap
Kastanjelaan 16, Heverlee


POINT Proje Insaat Taahhut Muhendislik ve Ticaret Ltd.Sti
Mithatpasa Cad. 62/19, Ankara


Obelisk PLC
Mechelsevest 90, Leuven


Profutura s.c. Monika Nowakowska-Twaróg Mikołaj Nowakowski
2/3 Fredry Street, 61-701 Poznán, Poznań


COOP Institute of Education
Mojmírovce 919, 95115 Mojmírovce, Mojmírovce


Inova Consultancy
Leecroft House, 58-64 Campo Lane, S1 2EG, Sheffield


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