Title Development of a validation framework for mentoring: evaluating the achievements
Project Number BG/05/C/F/TH-83300
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text This is a transnational project funded under measure C, thematic actions, within the frames of Leonardo da Vinci programme of the European Commission. The main goal of the project has been to support the work experience of the young people with disabilities through incorporation and validation of the mentoring programmes. The process of validation facilitated the recognition of the acquired practical skills during those mentoring programmes. A certificate which is recognized in the participating European countries was obtained by each participant in order to proved it to his / her potential employers.
The project "Development of a validation framework for mentoring: evaluating the achievements of disabled and disadvantaged people" ("Validation of Mentoring") aimed to improved skills and competences of people with disabilities and disadvantaged by establishment a mentoring system, which provides work-based training at professional level.
The disabled mentees was expected to gain real experience in the working environment, with their training based on the needs and requirements of employers, as well as on the needs and abilities of the mentees.
The main task of the "Validation of Mentoring" project was development of new procedures, which provides systematic validation of knowledge and competence that the mentees have been acquired within the mentoring scheme. Validation was promoted as a major step towards the recognition of this form of training.
The project created two new placement programmes for people with disabilities in Romania and Slovenia. They raised substantially the expectations, self-confidence and ambitions of disabled participants. The development of the programmes improved the employability of participants by development of their overall skills and competences and provides role-models for disabled and disadvantaged people.
All these activities assisted the understanding of disability among employers and trainers. The direct experience of working with people with disabilities in mentoring were remarkable effect in changing awareness towards more positive attitudes. The development of a robust system for validation of mentoring for people with disabilities provides a number of significant impacts, such as: certification of participants; reliable and comprehensive procedures for validation, including evaluation of achievements, comparability in assessment of individual performance, systems for monitoring of mentoring relationships; integration of validation procedures into different systems.
The project already produced five language versions of "Code of practice for validation of mentoring for people wtih disabilities". It have been tested in relation to experience in the UK and Bulgaria and applied according to references of the consulted institutions in the field. The content and effect of these codes of practice was coordinated in connection with the Europass system.
The project extended the pool of potential employees (who already have some experience at a certain workplace). It contributes to common informal learning validation criteria at EU level and raises community awareness about removment both physical and attitude barriers. The project already developed methods of integration of training systems and practices. Project partners worked together with other agencies, which provides training for disadvantaged people, with government agencies and NGO's concerned with the provision and validation of VET.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Sectors Other Service Activities
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
material for open learning
transparency and certification
1. Need Analyses reports from:
2. Logical Framework describing current situation of PwD in participating countries
3. Codes of Practice
4. Guide to setting up mentoring scheme
5. Training package for mentors
6. Training package for mentees
7. Case studies in participating countries
8. Questionnaires from need analysises
9. EU Dissemination materials
10. Validation of mentoring newsletter Issue 1 11. Validation of mentoring newsletter Issue 2
12. Validation of mentoring newsletter Issue 3
13. European Quality Mark in Mentoring and MV EEIG European Economic Interest Group
14. Classification of Non/Informal learning
15. Validation non-formal learning: mentoring, disadvantaged people, and European policy
16. Validation of mentoring newsletter Issue 4