Mentoring to work: an evidence based definition

Despite numerous labour market interventions to address the large unemployment gap, migrants struggle to find work in their host societies. In an effort to address this, an alternative and innovative intervention is 'mentoring to work'.  We found it relevant to create a sense of conceptual clarity on mentoring to work by delineating a clear definition of the field and its scope as an intervention and policy tool for migrant employment. 


This concept analysis is based on scientific literature and further refined in consultation with practitioners through an iterative process of consultation and adaptation. The definition also provides a solid starting point for further empirical research. 


"A person with more localised experience (mentor) provides guidance to a person with less experience (mentee), the objective of which is to support the mentee in making sustainable progress in his or her journey into the labour market. Both mentor and mentee voluntarily commit to this and establish contact on a regular basis. The relationships is initiated, facilitated and supported by a third actor (organisation). While assymetrical, the mentoring relationship is of a reciprocal nature." (De Cuyper, Vandermeerschen, Purkayastha, 2019)


Contact: Peter De Cuyper


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