Title Diversity and Mentoring Approaches to Support Active Ageing and Integration / DIMENSAAI
Project Number DE/12/LLP-LdV/TOI/147509/
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text The project partnership has improved the participation in training and vocational education as well as the employment particularly of seniors and people with disabilities in the health and care sector through the transfer, adaptation and testing of a mentoring model from former projects VOCA2 and IBB from Germany and other countries and through the dissemination and use of diversity approaches. Some ergonomically and organizational measures in the companies have been discussed together with employers in order to create/adapt work places, to be suitable for seniors and people with disabilities. The project approach has been disseminated and transferred into other European countries. DIMENSAAI results are applied for training students and people who will work as diversity coaches and mentors; they are also used in different health and social care institutions and presented at different professional conferences.
Sectors like health and care have a shortage of skilled labour almost in all European countries due to increasing life expectancy and medical care demand. The employment of active seniors and people with light disabilities can improve the situation of labour shortage if they are guided by mentors, if employers have knowledge about Diversity and are convinced by the competences and reliability in working with this group of people.
The objectives of this project were the transfer, adaptation and test of a mentoring model from former projects VOCA2 and IBB from Germany and other countries and dissemination and use of Diversity approaches in order to improve the participation in training and vocational education and the employment particularly of seniors and people with disabilities in health and care sector. Some ergonomically and organizational measures in the companies have been discussed within focus discussion groups in order to create/adapt work places to be suitable for seniors and people with disabilities. A social network supported by an IT platform has been developed and used within the project and after the project end supporting the members to receive useful information, to communicate and to learn cooperatively.
Description In the first year of the project, focus discussion groups have been organized in all partner countries to discuss requirements for working places suitable for the target groups as well as the transfer, adaptation and test of the mentor training model. An IT supported social network for information, communication and cooperative learning has been developed. A catalogue with competences needed to be a diversity counsellor (DC) and a mentor has been written in English, translated and adapted in all project partner countries. A mentoring program with transferable guidelines and handbooks for diversity counsellors and mentoring was developed and communicated within workshops and mentor training sessions in all partner countries. The mentoring programme was tested in all partner countries and also disseminated on European level e.g. within the final event in Ankara. Dissemination and valorisation activities have been done in all partner countries and will continue after the project period. The website and the IT platform are still maintained. Training for interested people to be a mentor or diversity coach is provided by using the platform, e.g. social students of the WH Gelsenkirchen and ITT Dublin. The DIMENSAAI mentoring concept will be used in two ongoing Erasmus+ projects. Some institutions like Stadtmission Kiel continue to use mentoring concepts, developed within the project DIMENSAAI, in their organization. DIMENSAAI results will be published in two journals in 2015. It is intended to apply diversity and mentoring concepts in SMEs, and in the Kindergarten field.
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
description of new occupation profiles
Product information One of the products of the project is a curriculum for a qualification as DC or mentor to be included in vocational and/or higher education as social worker. A handbook for mentoring training was developed, translated, adapted and used in all partner countries. Measures to create/design suitable working places for seniors and disabled people have been discussed with employers from health and care sector. Dissemination and valorisation activities will be continued also after the project end.