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    Diversity is a fact, inclusion is a choice

    In the current context of global mobility, we live in a very diverse society. So it is necessary to ensure that our society today is inclusive enough for everyone to find their place and actively contribute and benefit collectively from the benefits of this diversity.

    Our vision

    DUO for a JOB was born from a double observation:

    • there is a proven inequality of access to the labour market for young people with a migrant background in Belgium.
    • people over 50 years of age in Belgium have one of the lowest employment rates in Europe and face a lack of appreciation of their skills.

    By bringing these two groups together, DUO for a JOB aims to help eliminate inequalities in access to the labour market for young people with a migrant background, to recognise the knowledge of our seniors, and to combat discrimination by recreating social cohesion, understanding and local solidarity.

    Our mission

    DUO for a JOB organises intergenerational and intercultural mentoring to facilitate access to the job market for the youngest jobseekers while recognizing the value of the over fifties’ experience.

    Practically this means a relationship where an experienced person, “the mentor”, shares their knowledge and expertise with a young person, “the mentee”, in order to allow them to develop their skills and autonomy, and to enable them to identify and achieve professional objectives. This relationship (“the duo”) is based on exchanging, learning and permanent and reciprocal trust.

    Once paired, the young person and his or her mentor meet for two hours a week for six months.

    “With DUO and my mentor, I managed to believe in myself and started doing things instead of thinking how difficult it is. My mentor’s professional advice has worked wonders.”

    Anton, mentee at DUO

    Our methodology

    The key to the success of DUO for a JOB's mentoring program lies in the implementation of a methodology and qualitative and effective support based on eight main steps.

    1. The information sessions, often collective, are an opportunity to present the project, clarify the roles and answer possible questions.

    2. If a participant wishes to join the program, there is an interview is held with each candidate (mentor and mentee) to get to know them better.

    3. An initial 4-days training is mandatory for all future mentors. Its goal is to provide the “basic mentoring tools”.

    4. On the basis of different criteria (business sector, spoken languages, personality, availability, etc.), DUO's coordinators thus put in contact a trained mentor with a young mentee, taking into account respective needs and skills.

    5. This first meeting is the opportunity for the mentor and mentee to get to know each other and each decide whether or not they want to work together.

    6. If the two members of the duo wish to continue together, a second meeting is organised in order to sign the agreement and the ethical charter of the organisation.

    7. During the accompaniment period, which lasts six months, during the duos meet on weekly basis.

    8. At the end of the six month period, participants are asked to assess whether the program met their expectations and the goals they had set were reached.

    “Mentoring is a win-win relationship, in which the mentor also learns a lot. Mentoring at DUO adds the dimension of an introduction to the issue of young migrants and their specificity  difficulties in accessing to employment.”

    Yves, mentor at DUO