DUO for a JOB matches young job seekers with an immigrant background with people over 50 years old who have a professional experience in related fields and who can accompany and support them in their job search.
The young person (mentee) and his/her mentor meet for a minimum of two hours a week over a period of six months (of course, flexible arrangements can be made to accommodate their respective agendas).
DUO for a JOB provides services to young job seekers and future mentors in Brussels, Liège, Gent and Antwerp.
"From the very start, I knew she was cut out to launch her own business. " explains Pascale. Meanwhile Afaf has launch her own sewing workshop! Afaf replies, "I know it is not the main goal of DUO, but Pascale gave me incredible moral support."
Pascale & Afaf, duo from Brussels, 2018
"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, hopeful once again. Jean-Louis concludes, visibly touched, that he has " already received so much in return from his mentee."
Jean-Louis & Khalid, duo of Liège, 2018
"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, duo from Brussels, 2018
"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 says, " It is thanks to people like Joëlle that I am starting to feel at home in Belgium."
Joëlle & Samsam, duo from Antwerp, 2018
"I find this project both promising and positive. I wanted to share my experience with others; today this is the case with my mentee"
Luc, Mentor, 65 years old
"I love DUO ; A team that is both professional and honest. I love the spirit and energy that reigns there. It can simply make life better!"
Yasser, Syrian, 25 years old
"It is so well thought out and organised that I wouldn’t stop anymore!"
Chantal, Mentor, 67 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, Mentor, 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, Congolese, 30 years old
"Both exciting and rewarding, each DUO broadens the humanity’s horizons"
Françoise, Mentor, 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, Pakistani, 22 years old