MeMoRe is a transnational project funded by the European Social Fund and the Flemish government.

The project started in 2017 and ended in 2019. 

Transnational coordination

The transnational project is initiated and coordinated by Hefboom voor sociaal en duurzaam ondernemen, a non-profit organisation, based in Brussels. 

 

Hefboom strives for a better and more sustainable society through management consulting, developing regional and international projects, financing and other services for companies, organizations and projects with social and sustainable goals. Hefboom provides also credits to people who want to start up their own business but do not have access to bank credits.

 

 

Contact: valerie.carrette@hefboom.be 

Transnational partners

 

The transnational project contains the following partners: 

Belgium, Flanders

 

 

  • Hefboom voor sociaal en duurzaam ondernemen 
  • HIVA, University of Leuven
  • Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen
Finland
  • GRADIA, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium
Germany
  • Harz University of Applied Sciences 
  • Landesnetzwerk der Migrantenorganisationen
    (Sachsen-Anhalt)
Sweden
  •  Integration in Sweden

Transnational cooperation

We organised 4 transnational meetings between 3 and 5 days in Belgium (Brussels) and Germany (Halle-Saale). On a regular basis we organised also transnational Skype calls between two or more partners to stay up-to-date with each other's work or work together on specific topics.  

 

The objectives of the transnational meetings were:

  1. transnational learning through an exchange of information, knowledge and experience
  2. creating and strengthening critical mass by introducing a transnational perspective on the concepts, the processes, products, and the impact of the projects of the partners
  3. developing common transnational knowledge about the components of effective and sustainable mentoring initiatives for the integration of refugees on the labour market. 

 

The transnational meetings consisted of working sessions using a range of methodologies (expert meetings, participatory methods, ...).

 

We chose to open up the transnational meetings to other stakeholders who are not formal partners but have relevant expertise. This maximized mutual transnational learning and (social) innovation across good practices or learning practices in Europe. We are grateful for the presence, inspirational learning and support of the following stakeholders: Siham Benmammar (Mentor2Work), Koen De Schepper (Connect2Work), Szilvia Simon (European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring), Etienne Jammaers (VDAB Hasselt), Hilda Martens (@level2work), Sarah Neirinckx (Bloom), Eric Aegden (Open Atelier), Cine Maximiliaan, Eva Ernst (I-diverso), Farah Laporte (Refu Interim), Christian Hartwig.

 

Feedback of the partners on the transnational cooperation

“We´ve got always very helpful feedback and support on our projects from our transnational partners. The feedback helped us during the preparation of our pilot phase and we presented our first ideas and results at the meetings.” 

 

“We had a very intensive exchange with many inspiring comments and ideas from the transnational partners at all meetings and exchanges and we tried to offer the same to all of them too.”

 

“We have received feedback on our mentoring models developed for migrant students on vocational upper secondary level education in Finland.” 

 

“Research-based background information has supported the theoretical basis of our very concrete and practical work.”

 

“The variety of different learning and working methods used during the transnational meetings have given us new insights to develop our mentoring work in practice.” 

 

“The partner network will certainly be of great value in our future development work.”

 

“We learned a lot about migrations policies in different EU countries and the special features of labour market integration from different perspectives.” 

 

“We benefited from the very broad and deep expertise of all the partners on different issues all related to our project aims and goals. We learned very much about mentoring instruments from scientific and practical approaches as well as about mentoring for different target groups and in several branches and areas.”

 

 “The exchange with all partners and the coordination takes part in a very good atmosphere what is very positive for us and has an impact on our motivation in our team and our organisation as well.”

 

We found that this transnational project is an excellent start for co-creating new transnational consortia for new projects related to mentoring to work. The consortium is open to new opportunities for cooperation in the future in the context of European programmes (e.g. Erasmus, Horizon, … ) or other funding.