DUO for a JOB was born from a double observation:
- There is a proven inequality of access to the labour market for young people with a migrant background in Belgium.
- People over 50 years of age in Belgium have one of the lowest employment rates in Europe and face a lack of appreciation of their skills.
By bringing these two groups together, DUO for a JOB aims to help eliminate inequalities in access to the labour market for young people with a migrant background, to recognise the knowledge of our 50+, and to combat discrimination by recreating social cohesion, understanding and local solidarity.
DUO for a JOB organises intergenerational and intercultural mentoring to facilitate access to the job market for the youngest job-seekers while recognizing the value of the over fifties’ experience.
Practically this means a relationship where an experienced person, “the mentor”, shares their knowledge and expertise with a young person, “the mentee”, in order to allow them to develop their skills and autonomy, and to enable them to identify and achieve professional objectives. This relationship (“the duo”) is based on exchanging, learning and permanent and reciprocal trust.
Once paired, the young person and his or her mentor meet for two hours a week for six months.