Title BMW - Be a Mentor in the Workplace
Project Number 2013-1-PT1-LEO05-15778
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
In Europe, the active ageing is a challenge which involves the need of motivating older people to continue to work and learn and the creation of professional opportunities for the younger people. This is one more challenge addressed to SMEs which employ the biggest slice of the active population in Europe and undertake important part of responsibility of improving the people standards of living, namely by opening opportunities to the continuous integration of older active people and younger in the working life, fostering the global productivity and enhancing economic performance.
Be a Mentor in the Workplace is a project which promotes the Mentoring methodologies for the interchange of generations in the profit of active ageing and younger population employability, involving the development of mentoring skills, under the perspective of work based lifelong learning, of both mentors and mentees to the organization.
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.
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.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Other Service Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
description of new occupation profiles
open and distance learning
program or curricula
The project envisages the following results:
1- Research on Mentoring culture in SMEs, identify mentoring opportunities, how companies see mentoring in their development strategy , installed management capacity for adopting mentoring, mentoring experiences, etc. and comparisons between the countries involved.
2- ICT based framework for setting up Mentoring in SMEs (offering a step by step approach for implementing mentoring in SMEs)
2- Profile for Mentor in the Workplace
3- New course for Mentors
4- Guiding package for mentees
5- E-training for becoming an e-Mentor
6- Feed-back system to evaluate the mentoring system and the mentoring relationship.
7- Brochure "Best use of project products" aiming at informing about all functionalities of the project products, guiding the users and promoting the exploitation of products potential
8- Training workshops for multiplier agents from E&T system and key-people from SME
9- Workshops material (toward trainers and trainees)
10- Quality Assurance Plan (QAP)
11- Project Evaluation System & Reports
12- E-pool for external evaluation
13- Communication Plan
14- Project website & e-newsletter
15- Press release and articles
16- Promotional/Dissemination Material
17- International final conference
18- Project management platform
19- Project progress monitoring system & Reports.