Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text VM2 is a European project aiming to promote and mainstream mentoring programmes as a tool for career development of people who are in a disadvantaged position in the open labour market.
Validating Mentoring 2 (VM2) is a continuation of 3 successful previous LdV projects: ‘EODPE’, ‘Validation of mentoring’ and ‘Access to professional training for people with disabilities’. It aims to build on the achievements of these projects.
The current project will respond to the needs of disabled people and other disadvantaged in the job market by developing systems for the recognition of their non-formal and informal learning. This is particularly important for the representatives of these groups because, compared to their peers, they lack formal qualifications and this diminishes their employability.
By establishing new mentoring programmes for disabled people, older people and young people at risk in 3 countries, the project will transfer the principles and practices of effective, high quality, mentoring and validation, based on the Code of Practice for Mentoring, which was developed within the first Validation of Mentoring project.
In support for the transfer, VM2 will elaborate and evaluate comprehensive systems for the self-assessment of mentoring programmes.
The VM2 project will seek to recognise a wide range of outcomes for both mentee and mentor, including the range of competences that may be developed along with changes in attitudes and awareness of social difference.
VM2 will also develop additional innovations as an enhancement of the Code of Practice of Mentoring in the form of a procedure for implementing a comprehensive, guided, self-assessment exercise.
The possibility of creating a European Quality Mark in Mentoring will also be explored.
Within the VM2 project the transnational team of experts will develop 3 guides which may be used to implement, monitor and evaluate mentoring schemes. These will include: “A Guide for mentoring promoters”, “A Guide for Mentors” and “A Guide for Mentees”. The Guides will be available in paper-based, web-based and CD-ROM format.
In order to draw the attention of the employers to the work potential of disabled and disadvantaged people, project partners will contribute to a virtual “Social Employers Network” available on www.disadvantaged-employment.eu
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Open and distance learning
Sectors Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
material for open learning
program or curricula
One of the VM2 project available results is The Social Employers Network (SEN).This is a Network bringing together companies and organisations with active social policies, targeted towards their employees as well as to people with disabilities and disadvantaged.
Membership in SEN provides:
• Opportunities for gaining up-to-date information about rights and benefits for employers, hiring people with disabilities and disadvantaged, as well as legal advice and consultation;
• Guidance for adaptation of the work place;
• Exchange of good practices from all over Europe;
• Contacts with various organisations and companies from EU countries;
• Up-to–date information about the policies and programmes of EU related to human resource development.