Impacts on Mentors

60 mentors completed this part of the questionnaire.

Q37. At the end of the course I have improved professional relationships with trainees/mentees -to a large extent; to some extent; to a little extent; not at all

Most trainers/mentors in the sample experienced positive impacts through improved relationships with their trainees/mentees.  Only 10% did not.  Of those who did not, some completed the questionnaire before they worked with their trainees so could not yet see an impact.

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Q39. I had accreditation of learning during pilot -to a large extent; to some extent; to a little extent; not at all

Accreditation of trainers/mentors is the responsibility of each partner organisation.  Most received some sort of accreditation for their contribution.

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Q41. I have gained new competencies -to a large extent; to some extent; to a little extent; not at all

This statement received mixed responses.  Analysis of separate countries shows greatest impacts on mentors where soft skills training is new – Greece and Romania, closely followed by UK.  Only 10% did not feel they had gained any new competencies.

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Q43. I have had access to new tools/resources -to a large extent; to some extent; to a little extent; not at all

This question appears to have been interpreted in different ways across all trainers/mentors.  Technically all of the tools for this Project were new, though not all participants perceived them as such.

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Q45. I received more opportunities for exchange of methods, ideas & knowledge -to a large extent; to some extent; to a little extent; not at all

Although a large proportion of the participants were positive (56%) about this, 42% did not experience very much opportunity for exchange of methods, ideas and knowledge.  Perhaps more input from trainers and mentors in future will help to promote sustainability of the products.

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 QQ47. I have improved effectiveness in training functions -to a large extent; to some extent; to a little extent; not at all

Although a large proportion of the participants were positive about this, just under half did not feel they were more effective in training.  This could be accounted for by the fact that many were already very experienced trainers and had used some soft skills materials previously.

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Q49. I have raised awareness of EQF -to a large extent; to some extent; to a little extent; not at all

88% of participants increased their awareness of EQF to some degree.

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Q51. I have improved performance of the trainees/mentees -to a large extent; to some extent; to a little extent; not at all

Trainers think impact on their trainees/mentees performances has been good.  Only 5% noted no improvement.

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Q53. I have noted improvements in trainees in the following areas: Accountability, Attendance, Professionalism, Performance, Loyalty/Ambition, Manners, Organising, Verbal communication, Interpersonal skills, Adaptability, Commitment.

Accountability

Attendance Professionalism Performance Loyalty/Ambition Manners Organising Verbal communication Interpersonal skills Adaptability Commitment
UK 50% 75% 75% 75% 50% 75% 75% 75% 75% 75% 75%
DE 46% 8% 8% 8% 8% 8% 31% 46% 0% 8% 54%
GR 43% 71% 43% 57% 29% 57% 71% 29% 57% 57% 43%
IT 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
NL 0% 0% 0% 50% 50% 50% 50% 0% 0% 50% 50%
SE 83% 33% 0% 33% 50% 67% 50% 50% 33% 33% 67%
RO 86% 100% 86% 79% 71% 79% 79% 93% 71% 86% 86%
11% 10% 7% 8% 7% 9% 10% 10% 7% 9% 11%

This presents a mixed picture of how trainers viewed improvements in their trainees.  The numbers responding to each soft skill component are too small to be really meaningful.  However it appears that UK, Greece, Italy and Romania noted the most improvements.

 Q54. The course has impacted on the lives of participants in terms of: increased chances of finding a job, increased chances of promotion, increased interest in participating in learning, feeling more positive about long term career prospects

In the opinion of the trainers/mentors the course has had positive impacts on their trainees consistently across these 4 main areas.  UK, Romania and Italy noticed the greatest impacts.

Other impacts noticed by trainers/mentors were:

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“They have seen new ways of relating and got to discuss them.”

“Formation of new skills and positive attitudes.”

“Responsibility.”

Q56. Employers have noted improvements in candidates for jobs: Yes/No

This final question shows that mentors/trainers believe that employers have noted improvements in job applicants.  Although this is a subjective view, it does illustrate a perceived impact as a result of the NESSIE training programme.

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