Training super-mentors to activate job seekers with migrant background

Super-mentor is an ESF and Flemish Government funded project which aims to develop an online training (MOOC) for mentors who support jobseekers with migrant backgrounds to find a job in Flanders.

Belgium has one of the highest vacancy rates among the EU member states, and yet it is difficult for jobseekers with a migrant background to find a (suitable) job. Many initiatives have already been taken to solve this problem, and in recent years a lot has been invested in mentoring projects. The results of the first projects are already very promising, and at the same time the practice has revealed a number of challenges.

There is a demand for qualitative, affordable, and feasible training for mentors. Examples show that good mentor training attracts quality mentors. Because mentors are often people who like to develop, but also because a mentoring process is not easy, and mentors can use training and support. 

Sound training can also be expected to increase the quality of mentoring and prevent premature termination of mentoring processes.

This is important, not only for the experience of both mentor and mentee but also for optimal return on the cost of matching (mentor-mentee).

For the sake of feasibility and the cost, an online program (MOOC – Massive Open Online Course) will be built. 

The target group for the MOOC will be primarily mentors and mentoring organizations/programs. But from the outset, it will be investigated whether, and to what extent, the training can also be used in diversity programs within organizations.

Involved staff:
Fatih Yilmaz – Project manager
Elina Kuokkanen
Ayhan Eker
Furkan Akar
Audrey Iliho Muhirwa, Project Assistant Intern

Related focus areas:
Diversity & Inclusion
Gender & Equalities
Migration & Integration

Funder: ESF Vlaanderen (ESF and Flemish Government)


Project Events

MARCH, 2021 Kick-off meeting with Belgian partners
APRIL 2021 Kick-off transnational cooperation
JUNE 2021 Stakeholder meeting

Project Partners

Beyond the Horizon ISSG logo 20210 3d

Beyond the Horizon ISSG (Belgium)

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Research Institute for Work and Society - Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium)