Intergenerational and intercultural coaching for employment

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48 Rue de Stassart
(+32) 02 203 02 31


Through its mission, DUO aims to reduce inequalities faced by young immigrants in the labour market, value our senior professionals, break away from age discrimination, encourage ethnic diversity and intergenerational activities and finally, to challenge stereotypes around age and xenophobia by strengthening social cohesion, understanding  and solidarity in the local community.

DUO for a JOB aims at erasing disparities and inequality in access to the labour market for young people with immigrant backgrounds. DUO fully values the experience of our elders, breaks down age barriers, encourages inter-cultural and inter-generational activities. DUO combats stereotypes such as ageism and xenophobia, by recreating close social ties based on understanding and solidarity.


What does DUO for a JOB do?

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.

 There are eight stages in the DUO cycle:


  • Information sessions: a way of introducing the project and answering any questions.
  • Personal interviews: a way of getting to know mentors and mentees interested in the project.
  • Training: new mentors will undergo four days of compulsory training in order to provide a basic level of support to the young immigrant seeking employment.
  • The evaluation of the programme and training from the non-profit organisation is important to develop and improve the programme.
  • Forming the duo: new duos are paired each week during team meetings dedicated to the matching process. Matches are made based on different criteria, such as the business sector, languages spoken, personality and availability.
  • First meeting: after the matching process, a first meeting is organised so the duo can become acquainted and approve or reject the match.
  • Mentoring agreement: if the duo wants to continue, a second meeting is organised to sign the agreement and code of conduct.
  • The mentoring period lasts six months, during which the duo meets once a week. Different aspects are suggested to the duos, such as mock interview days, CV workshops, an accommodation guide and language sessions. At the end of the six month mentoring period, participants are asked to evaluate whether the programme has met their needs and whether their specific goals have been achieved.


How can you help DUO for a JOB?

Financial support for:

  • Accompany a growing number of duos
  • New interactive website
  • Development of teaching and resources given to mentors to help coach young immigrants in their search for employment
  • Development of new centres in other European cities

Volunteers in Belgium

  • Listening and supporting young people once a week
  • Logistic support for advertising campaigns and occasional events
  • Activities, occasional events, news and awareness campaigns
  • Fundraising during occasional events
  • Translation from French into Dutch and English







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