New CfEE Research Project: Mentoring Partnerships Pilot for BC Career Development Practitioners

The BC Centre for Employment Excellence and its partners, the BC Career Development Association (BCCDA) and SkillPlan, are pleased to be launching a new pilot project that examines the role that a structured mentorship program can play in supporting career development practitioners (CDPs) in BC.

The mentoring partnerships, to be coordinated by the BCCDA (www.bccda.org), will be offered to its members beginning in March 2015 until the end of the pilot period in November 2016. During the pilot, CDPs will have the opportunity to form mentoring partnerships around specific topic areas where they are looking for – or offering – support and guidance, which could include serving clients with particular needs and barriers, pursuing skills upgrading or other professional development opportunities, or training in the latest software or information and communications technologies. All mentors and mentees will be provided orientation and training on effective mentoring skills and strategies based on SkillPlan’s (www.skillplan.ca) established mentorship framework, and participants will be given the opportunity to fill the role of mentors or mentees on topics of their choosing.

The BC Centre for Employment Excellence (CfEE) will conduct a formal evaluation of the mentorship program to determine its effectiveness in supporting the professional development needs of CDPs as well as its role in equipping practitioners to provide services and supports to BC job seekers.

Further details on the program and registration procedures will be announced by the BCCDA through its website and membership mailing list closer to the program launch date.

Click here for more information on the pilot.

For queries about this project or other research activities being undertaken by the BC Centre for Employment Excellence, please contact Shawn de Raaf, the CfEE Research Coordinator.