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Project Coordinator and partners
Volkshochschule Tirol, Austria
Verein Multikulturell, Austria
Exchange House, Ireland
Mozaik Human Resources Development, Turkey
Cesie, Italy
BBQ - Berufliche Bildung gGmbH, Germany
Goiztiri, Spain
Title & Reference code
Tandem now
Tandem Now is based on the transnational mentoring project TANDEM which was implemented by Verein Multikulturell and partner institutions from Romania, Germany, Great Britain, Slovenia, and Slowakia in 2007. 60 young people between 13 and 25 years old were accompanied by mentors with the same cultural background acting as their role models. They encouraged their mentees to take up education and/or training and pursue individual career paths. It was an interesting concept which was both promising and allowed for further development.
In many European countries migrant youths or young people from ethnic minorities do not have any role models in future-oriented fields throughout their job careers, neither within their families nor in their social contexts. If at all, they tend to take up traditional job trainings and jobs, as they and their families do not consider other options for various reasons.
Therefore it is considered crucial to offer youngsters mentors from their own ethnic communities who accompany them on their way to a successful VET and job career.
Key words
Transnational, mentoring, development, role model
Link to the project's website
Other interesting information
Mentoring works as a strategy for helping people, particularly disadvantaged groups, such as unemployed, young people and/or immigrants to improve their professional opportunities and succeed in life. It is an instrument to provide those persons with the confidence, the resources, and the skills needed to live up to their potentials.
“Blended Mentoring” is a mix of on-site (face-to-face) and online activities designed to allow for adopting mentoring as an ordinary practice in career counselling and development services.
Progress in the use of technology (such as cyber-counselling) and the introduction of new methodologies like mentoring could enhance the contributions of career counsellors to the individual development of applicants and give access to a broader range of customers. TANDEM NOW will promote technological developments regarding mentoring and the use of ICT to improve the career opportunities of specific groups of the population. From an overall perspective, the project will contribute to meet the Lisbon Strategy through promoting innovation of career guidance services on a cost- effective basis, better levels of employability and an increased adaptability of workers.
Interest for the project
Contributor´s name + email
Stéphanie Barillé - stephanie@unak.is
Co-funded by The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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