People of foreign origin face difficulties in entering and integrating into the labour market, despite Belgium’s efforts in the field of integration and labour market policy. Traditional labour market tools do not always work well in integrating these people into the labour market. A new tool that is gaining ground in Europe is the “mentoring for work”, in which a newcomer (mentee) and a volunteer with knowledge of the local labour market (mentor) are brought together through a mentoring organisation. The mentor supports the mentee in their approach to entering the labour market, on a voluntary basis and in an informal atmosphere. In Belgium, there are several mentoring initiatives and, at different policy levels, there is a growing attention for ‘mentoring for work’.

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