Intellectual Output 1 is the final result of the preliminary analysis phase. This exploratory investigation focuses on two important areas necessary for the preparation of the training material development and the mentor certification.
The experience based knowledge evaluation of the mentors and the establishment of different mentor levels are essential to the setting up of a certification scheme and its long term sustainability. Participating partners in the future mentor-network development have to define at least 3 levels for the mentors based on their knowledge and working experience. The tasks in the second part of the IO1 are to:
- Analyse the working experiences and European examples and specify the basic, intermediate or advanced and the senior business mentor categories
- Assign the necessary levels of knowledge and work-based experiences (former or during the mentoring work)
- Work out the relations between the levels and
- Prepare the evaluation methodology
The former TRUST ME project and the elaborated training programme dealt with only the basic level of general Business / SME mentors. Looking around European experiences – transmitted by first of all Adinvest International – it became apparent for the partners that during the mentoring work more attention should be paid to the sectorial specialities.
Mentors have to be trained according to the different characteristics of the sectors of the economy on vertical and horizontal dimensions as well.
In the framework of the first IO – under the leadership of P1 BBS – the partners will investigate on one hand the most important industrial sectors of the participating countries (represented by educational institutions) as agro-food (Porto), construction (Warsaw), FinTech (Leeds) and tourism (Budapest) examining the differences and similarities from the mentoring point of view.
On the other hand horizontal issues of the economy will be analysed, which are also very important in the different moments of the companies’ life cycle – as start-ups (Leeds), micro-enterprises (Warsaw), generational transition (Budapest) and connections to the social economy (Porto) –.
The definition of sectorial skill cards as the main results of these investigations will serve as a good basis for the sector specific training material development in case of IO2.
Start: 01-11-2017 End: 30-06-2018 Languages: English