Background

The project is proposed to follow an existing Erasmus+ project led by Budapest Business School and Funded by the Hungarian National Agency TRUST ME – http://www.trust-me-project.eu/index.php/en/ and a former Erasmus+ project led by the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology and funded by the Luxembourg National Agency (CERTI4TRAIN - https://sites.google.com/site/certi4train/. TRUST ME developed skillcards and blended learning materials for potential SME business mentors. CERTI4TRAIN produced an ISO 17024 compliant certification scheme for trainers participating in dual mode trainings.  Budapest Business School and its partners wish to further develop the mentioned projects refining, developing and integrating the results of the TRUST ME and CERTI4TRAIN projects to provide SMEs with a mechanism to access internationally certified, standardised mentoring services on offer. In addition, the project aligns the business mentoring activity with sectors of strategic importance to the local economy.

 

The new proposal MentorCert will complement TRUST ME results in two aspects.

First a differentiation between different levels of mentorship seems necessary. A beginner mentor is supposed to accomplish trainings of Trust me project or to prove equivalent knowledge while higher levels need the acquisition of deeper, refined soft and hard competences and also certain pre-defined real-life practical experience. In order to produce these new curricula and benchmarks MentorCert project will carry out a “preparatory analysis” work package.

Another complementation of previous results proved to be imposing: Different sectors where the SMEs are operating may need business mentors with somewhat divergent competences. According to the needs of the partners’ economic regions the project will define sectors – presumably of mutual interest – and develop supplementary mentor training curricula and practical experience benchmarks derived from the specific sectoral needs.

MentorCert Pilot training

MENTORCERT PILOT TRAINING:
In all the four participating countries (Portugal, the UK, Poland and Hungary) a 2-day pilot training will be organised for 20-20 participants. One vertical and one horizontal topic (see below) will be tested in each country through face-to-face trainings, e-learning materials and with the usage of a business simulation game.
The participants of the trainings are kindly asked to complete the feedback forms regarding the e-learning materials and the face-to-face trainings. It will help a lot in the finalisation and further development of the training programme and the materials for the project partners.
We are sure that the pilot trainings will be interesting and useful for everybody!
Thanks for your participation and your valuable feedbacks in advance!
MentorCert project team
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Deliverables & Outcomes

The project’s limited scope reduces the activities to the theoretical preparatory work: elaboration of the criteria of mentor assessment, redaction of an ISO 17024 compliant mentor certification scheme manual and develop the specific Experts Committee required by the ISO requirements. The certification scheme will be a ready for use tool but its practical experimentation goes beyond the scope of this project, in terms of time as well as budget, and will be carried out after the project’s end, in further projects.

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IO4-Mentor certification scheme manual

The Intellectual Output 4, based upon the results of IO3 is a key element of the procedure passing from the mentor trainings and/or validation of prior learning and experience to the ISO compliant mentor certification. Once the mentor assessment criteria are established the partners can start the certification scheme development.

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IO3-Criteria of business mentor assessment

Preceding projects and MentorCert produce curricula for SME mentor candidates who wish to become general mentors of Small-and-Medium-sized-businesses AND to be recognised for accomplishing supplementary trainings in special sectors of entrepreneurship.

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