Good Practice: Opening Doors and Minds, A Mentor Programme
Opening Doors and Minds: a Mentor Programme
|Organisation||Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre|
|Short description||The programme aims to bring together IT-students with physical or mental disability as mentees and specialists from IT companies as mentors in order to support working age (16-63) IT-students with disability (e.g. clients of Astangu VRC) in making career choices and finding both internships and jobs through advice and support given and experience shared by mentors as the representatives of their companies. The hope is that the programme improves the personal development of mentees’ (e.g. social skills and self-esteem), motivates the mentees to try and experience new challenges and widens the awareness, knowledge and practical experiences of mentors and their companies through communication with people with disabilities.|
|Target group|| Working age (16-63) people from all over Estonia with physical/mental health disorders who are about to graduate from IT programme (Software and Database Management) in Astangu VRC and who need support to meet the needs of real labour market/ real jobs.
Based on experiences from 2013 and 2014, the number of mentees has annually been 5 to 6.
|Conclusions and results|| In 2013 and 2014 there have been 11 mentees and 10 mentors in the program (1 mentor participated two years in a row).
Results after the two mentor programmes:
|Duration||The program was initiated in January 2013.|
|Contact/More information|| Head of Employment Unit - Triin Juss
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