Mentorship Program

In addition to training, mentoring support is provided within the project. It reveals the needs of the participating young people and strengthens their aspirations for development. Business mentor helps by providing direct support and advice, counselling and guidance based on their personal and professional experience and knowledge. He/she helps in the decision-making process but in no way interferes in the work of the person he/she mentors.

The main advantages of mentoring:
– Gaining or providing courage, motivation and support;
– support in understanding different points of view;
– acquiring or providing valuable knowledge and skills;
– experiential and experiential learning, i.e. more informal means than what is emphasised in school.

In addition to all of the above activities, mentors assist students to visit local companies in their region and learn about the working environment, the specifics of the company’s operations, and the specific requirements of employers.

The project also has a network of local coordinators in Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, Pazardzhik, Veliko Tarnovo, Varna, Sliven, Sofia, whose functions are as follows:
1. Participation in various events in order to present the project, its objectives and activities to different target groups and stakeholders. /career fairs, career days, events in educational institutions, information days, meetings with employers, presentations in various institutions – educational or administrative, media appearances, seminars, etc./;
2. Organisation of information meetings with representatives of the target groups or other partners to present the objectives and activities of the project;
3. Establishing contacts and creating meaningful partnerships with Bulgarian and international employers;
4. Identification and profiling of project participants;
5. Supporting project participants in their learning, education and career guidance process in order to better prepare them for
labour market by:
– Search for vacancies and job placement;
– Mentoring/coaching in the workplace;
– Selection and placement training for skills acquisition and development (hard and soft); Vocational training;
– Labour market preparation trainings – assisting participants with practical advice – skills for active behaviour on the labour market, in the preparation of job application documents, in the preparation of a successful presentation to employers during recruitment and interview, and overall on the path of their professional development