Mentoring: The Coach Project - Exit Foundation - Barcelona

Project information

Index: 1342R4
Acronym:VERSO
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location ESPAÑA ESTE Barcelona Cataluña Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2009
End: on-going

Topic of the practice

The Coach project is a guided job skills training programme under which a group of mentors CEOs from larger companies mentor young people with a background of social failure and who are at risk of social exclusion. The project provides them with their first contact to the labour market. The project was designed to bring a new approach and meaning to what CSR policies entail for businesses.

Good Practice Information

Tthe Coach Volunteers (CEOs) work over six coaching sessions to improve employment/training opportunities of young people at risk of social exclusion by exposing them to the work of leading multinational companies. The volunteers are taught a technique applicable for his/her everyday life, which improve communication skills and his/her attention to diversity in leadership.

The objective is to bring young individuals and businesses together at the initial stage of the young person's integration process. Getting to know the business world from the inside the young person discover his/her motivation for continuing formal studies to achieve their career goal. The practice is already being applied in other Spanish speaking countries.

Evidence of success

Indicators of success - after exposure to the Coach project:
The main objective is to motivate young people to continue studying through exposure to an enterprise
80% young people - indicate that they want to continue studying
90% young people - get a feeling how an enterprise works
100% young people - would recommend this experience to a friend

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Nacho Sequeira

Coach Project - EXIT Foundation

nachosequeira@fundacionexit.org

www.fundacioexit.org

Annex completed on: 11-09-2014

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