PINs Hosts Workshop on “Taking Mentoring to the Next Level”

January 29, 2015

On January 24, 2015, TRIEC’s Professional Immigrant Networks (PINs) program hosted a workshop on “Taking mentoring to the next level” for its associations and partners. Monica Brennan, Senior Manager, The Mentoring Partnership and Debroy Chan, Manager, Newcomer Services and Community Lead, JVS Toronto facilitated the session.

We spoke to Hispanotech’s PINs Leader, Jose-Luis Otero about his thoughts on the event. Here’s what he had to say.

Hispanotech’s mentoring program has been running on-and-off for the past three years. We faced a number of challenges with our mentoring program, mainly due to the lack of the mentee's commitment to take advantage of the mentor's experience. Another one was the time that mentees were willing to commit to.

Attending the workshop was a very rewarding experience. The presentation opened my eyes to the different possibilities in mentoring. I also learnt about the elements that we need to consider for our program.

We were able to understand the value of metrics, which will help us see if we are reaching all our goals and what we can do to achieve them. Another important point mentioned was the Quality Assurance Framework which is a useful tool for reporting and making adjustments to the program to make sure it is customized according to the needs of the users.

From this session, we have come to the clear conclusion that we need to have a program coordinator for our program. We need to make sure that our programs are evaluated before, during and after each cycle. We also learnt about the benefits of both, group mentoring and one-on-one mentoring programs, and we can now determine which one is the best fit for us.

Overall, it was absolutely a good use of my time and I learnt a lot of new things which will help us in planning for our program.

The Professional Immigrants Networks (PINs) is a program of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC). TRIEC is working collaboratively with professional immigrant networks to increase their capacity to connect their skilled immigrant members to meaningful employment.

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