Title EMPOWERMENT THROUGH MENTORING TO PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE OF REAL WORK EXPERIENCE - EMPIRE
Project Number 134505-LLP-1-2007-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
Product Focus groups
Title Focus groups
Product Type others
Marketing Text In Austria, Germany and Italy focus groups are organised by the project partner to get in contact with those organisations or enterprises representing future mentees and mentors . These events inform about project purpose and collect key information on future mentees and mentors. They are an essential networks to be maintained and animated throughout the project.
These sessions are prepared carefully and share a common approach:
1. The major objective of the meeting are identified;
2. A common set of questions is prepared (see below).
4. Potential stakeholders are invited to the meeting. A copy of the report from the session is returned to each stakeholder.
• To what extent are proposed mentoring programmes building on an existing or similar programme?
• What is the target group for mentees for the mentoring and what is the rationale for the selection of this target group, i.e. why have you chosen this group in particular?
• Are mentees employed or unemployed and what are the implications of their status for the management of the programme? (e.g. we would consider that mentees who are employed would be easier to organise and contact than those who are unemployed.)
• Who are the proposed mentors and are they employed by an enterprise or several enterprises? How are they to be recruited and what role would each enterprise have in the recruitment process?
• In what way is it anticipated that blended mentoring (face-to-face and email, phone, video conferencing, web forum, etc) will help the target group?
• What other forms of learning will be required to help the mentees to reach their goals (e.g. training, ICT skills, customer service training etc) so that the aims of the programme are achieved, i.e. can the blended mentoring be combined with blended learning?
• What are the proposed basic parameters of the programme, i.e. how long will it last, how many face-to-face meetings are planned, and how long will each meeting last?
• What are the diversity issues (i.e. gender, age, ethnicity, disability, social class, etc) that are likely to arise and how will they be managed?
• What is the balance of planned outcomes between ‘hard’ outcomes such as job interviews, getting a job as opposed to ‘soft’ outcomes, e.g. improved self-confidence?
• How will you ensure that there are enough mentees and mentors to complete the programme? What contingency arrangements are needed to allow for a drop-out rate of around 25%?
• What scope is there within the mentoring that is planned to also include coaching?
• What access will mentors and mentees have to the resources/ICT equipment necessary for the distance aspect of blended mentoring, i.e. mobiles, email, web-based forums, videoconference, etc?
• How will each mentoring programme be managed and supervised?
• What on-going support and supervision is planned for mentors?
• What are the main risks with the proposed programme – what are the weak points where things might go wrong and what measures can be taken to plan for these?
Target group Unions, enterprises, training organisations, career guidance agencies
The focus groups allowed to define the national target groups for the blended-mentoring pilots:
• Free lancers (creative professions)
• tax consultants
• safety officers
• In-comers and Out-goers
• Over 50 workers
• immigrant women
• trainers in adult education
Area of application
The focus group give information on how groups of people think or feel about mentoring.
They give greater insight on certain needs.
They produce insights for developing strategies.
They help to improve the planning and design of mentoring programs.
They provide a means of evaluation at the end of the program.
Product Languages English