DUO for a JOB matches young job seekers with an immigrant background with people over 50 who use their professional experience to accompany and support them in their job search. By organizing this ‘intergenerational and intercultural ‘ mentoring (coaching), DUO for a JOB wants to contribute to equal access to the job market for everyone.
As soon as the duo has been matched, the young mentee and his/her mentor meet for a minimum of two hours a week over a period of six months.
"It may just be a tiny little drop in the ocean, but I feel like mentoring my four duos has left its mark. " says Joëlle. " Three of the four mentees I helped have found a job. We are still in touch. It’s really satisfying as a mentor to know that you can make a difference."
Joëlle & Jean-Hubert
"To be mentor at DUO is a unique journey: rich and also challenging. It keeps you intellectually sharp, curious and emotionally alive."
Michel , 58 years old
"With DUO for a JOB, I had the chance to pass on the best of a whole lifetime and was then surprised to realise that I was actually receiving much more in return, from both the association and my mentee"
Jacques , 70 years old
"DUO is just the programme I needed. It enabled me to go further in my search efforts towards employment. I gained experience. I regret that I did not hear about this programme much sooner but I am very proud of all I have learned from it"
Francine , 30 years old
"It is so well thought out and organised that I wouldn’t stop anymore!"
Chantal , 67 years old
"From the very start, I knew she was cut out to launch her own business. " explains Pascale. Meanwhile Afaf has launched her own sewing workshop! Afaf replies, "I know it’s not DUO’s main aim, but Pascale gave me incredible moral support."
Pascale & Afaf
"I love DUO. A team that is both professional and honest. I love the attitude and energy. It can simply make life better!"
Yasser , 25 years old
"Both exciting and rewarding, each DUO broadens the humanity’s horizons"
Françoise , 62 years old
"I have learned so much. Thanks to DUO, I have regained confidence in myself. I had run out of ideas. I was lost and now I have found myself"
Ali , 22 years old
"DUO is an experience that goes beyond just helping someone find work. " discovered Joëlle. " We joined forces to identify Samsam’s talents and to find out what she wanted to do with her life. Samsam adds, " It’s thanks to people like Joëlle that I am starting to feel at home in Belgium."
Joëlle & Samsam
"I hadn’t met a single person like him in Belgium. We’ve really built a relationship of trust. And needless to say, I will continue to meet with him once I actually start working." says Khalid, once again hopeful. Jean-Louis concludes, visibly touched, that he has
“ already received so much in return from his mentee."
Jean-Louis & Khalid
"I find this project both promising and positive. I wanted to share my experience with others; that’s what I’m doing now with my mentee"
Luc , 65 years old