The Mentoring Partnership

The Mentoring Partnership builds a working relationship between qualified migrants (mentees) and established professionals (mentors).

Help for qualified migrants to enter the labor market

Mentoring Partnerschaft München
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Mentorin Frau Stenger (re) und Mentee Frau Sibilla (li) beim Abschlussgespräch und der Urkundenübergabe 2016

In light of the forecast shortage of qualified labor in future, it is important to respond proactively and develop strategies that will help counteract this trend. One very significant source of potential is provided by qualified migrants who bring a good education, career experience and language skills with them from their home countries. Often, however, these people lack the professional contacts and the knowledge of local conditions that they need to succeed on the German labor market. The Mentoring Partnership can plug precisely these gaps – and open up new prospects.

Aims of the Mentoring Partnership

  • To integrate qualified migrants in the German labor market
  • To counteract the shortage of qualified labor by cultivating existing potential
  • To overcome prejudices and build networks of contacts for qualified migrants
  • To make efficient use of international skills in order to help shape international competition

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Qualified migrants bring valuable assets from their home countries: a good education, career experience and useful language skills. By recognizing and making good use of this potential, your company can position itself as an attractive, diversity-aware employer.

Cooperation with businesses

  • Your company can live out its corporate social responsibility by committing to this partnership in a number of ways:
  • Make your employees available as mentors
  • Provide industry-specific job application training
  • Provide opportunities for full-day visits to your company, featuring industry-specific information

Benefits to your company

  • Make contact with potential new recruits
  • Encourage and develop (future) managerial candidates
  • Boost your corporate image
  • Experience new opportunities opened up by cultural diversity

The Mentoring Partnership is a subproject of MigraNet and the IQ Landesnetzwerk Bayern.

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You are an experienced and qualified expert or manager who would like to help a qualified migrant find his or her way around the German labor market and gain a foothold?
The Mentoring Partnership gives you the benefit of your mentee's knowledge and experience, broadening your intercultural skills and enhancing your management and consulting capabilities.

Mentors help mentees

  • To develop individual strategies for a career entry in keeping with their qualifications
  • To apply for jobs
  • To establish and widen their professional networks
  • To learn about Germany's labor market culture

Benefits to the mentor

  • Enhance your management and consulting capabilities
  • Broaden your intercultural skills
  • Benefit from the transfer of knowledge and experience
  • Gain fresh inspiration and motivation for your own career development

The agreement

Tandems (the mentor and mentee) agree to participate in the program for a total of 24 hours over a four-month period. The precise context and conditions within which cooperation takes place can be discussed and arranged individually.

The Mentoring Partnership is a subproject of MigraNet and the IQ Landesnetzwerk Bayern.

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You have earned occupational or academic qualifications outside Germany and possess solid vocational/professional and language skills? But are you still lacking professional contacts and a clear understanding of the local labor market? Would you like to become integrated in the German labor market?
The Mentoring Partnership gives you the benefit of your mentor's experience and contacts, allowing you to work together to develop attractive career prospects

Requirements for mentees

  • Motivation and commitment
  • A work permit with no restrictions
  • Relevant career experience in your home country
  • A good command of German
  • Relevant vocational/professional qualifications in your home country

Benefits to the mentee

  • Develop individual strategies to launch your career development
  • Build a professional network and establish contacts
  • Gain a better understanding of the German labor market and corporate culture
  • Benefit from the transfer of knowledge and experience
  • Experience support as you apply for jobs

The agreement

Tandems (the mentor and mentee) agree to participate in the program for a total of 24 hours over a four-month period. The precise context and conditions within which cooperation takes place can be discussed and arranged individually.

The Mentoring Partnership is a subproject of MigraNet and the IQ Landesnetzwerk Bayern.

Project

The Mentoring Partnership focuses primarily on two-way relationships that foster positive development for both mentee and mentor. Inspired by Canada's successful model ”The Mentoring Partnership” , the project is being implemented in Augsburg by Tür an Tür - Integrationsprojekte GmbH and in Munich by the local government:

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