Title EMPOWERMENT THROUGH MENTORING TO PROMOTE THE IMPORTANCE OF REAL WORK EXPERIENCE - EMPIRE
Project Number 134505-LLP-1-2007-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The best job positions still go to the most resourceful job seekers.
Career guidance and planning services have the potential to contribute significantly to the development of human capital. Nonetheless researches and policy reports have expressed concern that occupational information alone and traditional matching of people and jobs are not enough. Advances in the use of technology (cyber-counselling) and the introduction of new methodologies like mentoring could enrich the career counselling profession's contributions to individual development and expand access to a broader range of customers.
EMPIRE will introduce blended-mentoring as a new concept of quality person-based career development practice.
EMPIRE will take traditional mentoring practices and blend them with the latest technological advancements. Web-based mentoring will make interaction easier, more frequent and less expensive.
Summary EMPIRE will identify and test “blended” mentoring (mix of on-site and online events) schemes to give career counselling and - development services the opportunity to adopt mentoring in their ordinary practice without the high cost related to a service totally based on one-to-one mentoring. Furthermore the promotion of blended mentoring will contribute to prevent mentoring programmes fail due to time and location restraints.
Description Career advice and guidance services are among the most important institutions for the early identification of skill needs especially for those most likely to become long-term unemployed as well as for clients with high qualification and skills profiles. Especially a more personalized advice can enhance the employability of job-seekers and improve career development. EMPIRE wants to make career development a more collaborative service by tying up closer links between career guidance services and employers’ associations and enterprises. Starting from a series of focus groups, the project partners will lay down the base for the piloting of tailored blended-mentoring schemes to be run with different target-groups. A mentoring kit will be prepared to equip mentors with basic mentoring tools. The final piloting phase (partly based on an on-line support service) with mentees (i.e. the customers of career counselling services) will produce several Career/professional plans and a reflection journal collecting the daily impressions of mentees and mentors. The experience as a whole will produce a set of guidelines/recommendations for career development agencies.
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Sectors Other Service Activities
open and distance learning
The complete list of products (related to work packages) is as follows:
WP 2: 1 focus group per country
WP 2: 1 executive action plan
WP 2: 1 profile of mentee
WP 2: 1 training needs mentees
WP 2: 1 Tailored blended mentoring schemes (1/country)
WP 2: Translation of the blended mentoring schemes
WP 3: 1 Validation plan
WP 4: 1 kit for blended mentoring learning
WP 4: 1 customized platform
WP 5: workshop with mentors (1/country)
WP 6: test session of bended mentoring (1/country)
WP 6: 1 Guide/Recommendation for career development agencies
WP 7: 1 Quality and evaluation plan
WP 8: 1 Communication plan
WP 8: 1 Project leaflet
WP 8: 1 Project website
WP 8: 1 local dissemination event (E, D, A)
WP 8: 1 final conference
WP 9: 1 exploitation plan