On the 27th of June 2018, EASPD and nine partners in the EU funded ´European Mentoring in Social Care´ (EMISC) project, hosted the seminar “Growing your own skills - Social Care Workforce in Europe: Needs and Challenges” at the European Economic & Social Committee in Brussels. During the plenary the results of the project, achieved over the last 3 years, were presented in statistics as well as via testimonies of the partners from Hungary, Romania, Cyprus and Portugal. The challenges and opportunities encountered during the implementation of the mentoring training in different mentoring cycles, as well as the training needs in social care work were tackled.
The Mentoring Assessment Tool (MAT), one of the main project deliverables developed to assess the mentoring process, was explained. The findings of the MAT scores showed that the overall scores of the mentored groups during the whole mentoring cycles was higher than the scores of the non-mentored control group.
After the plenary a roundtable discussion followed, which focussed on the staffing issues the sector faces, the working conditions and the effect of the open labour market in social care. The panel consisted of representatives of organisations working in the field of disability and more specifically ENIL (the European Network on Independent Living), the association of people with intellectual disabilities and their families Inclusion Europe, EMINO (the Flemish umbrella of several employment agencies) and the Federation of European Social Employers.
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