Mentoring: The Mentor Programme Middelfart Municipality - Denmark

Project information

Index: 1342R4
Acronym:VERSO
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Employment, human capital and education
Location DENMARK DANMARK Middelfart Syddanmark Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2010
End: On-going

Topic of the practice

Mentor programme to support young unemployed people on their way back to education, vocational training or employment

Good Practice Information

Since 2010, 114 voluntary social mentors from within the local community and local companies have been trained to assist young unemployed people to begin or to complete an education and thereby enhance their chances of getting a job after school. One of the keystones of improving the younger generations' chances of employment is defined as formal education.
In particular the formalised training programme of the mentors and their contact with young people is applicable. The entire investment was made by the municipality, who estimates that the savings on social welfare and sickleave compensations - partly finance the costs of the official employed mentor coordinator and trainer.

Evidence of success

The preliminary project results demonstrate:
42% of the young unemployed persons continue their education.
22% have been motivated to go from social benefits back into the educational system
11% have gone from long-term sick leave back to the educational system
11% have been motivated to follow a corporate intern ship programme

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Anne Lerche Nordlund

Middelfart Municipality

Annex completed on: 05-28-2015

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