Lisbon Symposium (November 26th -30th, 2012)

Lisbon Symposium (November 26th -30th, 2012)

The first symposium of the pilot phase of the project took place in Lisbon, Portugal from November 26th -30th, 2012. The purpose of this symposium was for Engineers Ireland to share knowledge of its award-winning Mentoring Masterclass to the project partners. The partners would then in turn use this knowledge to implement a Mentoring system within their own organisations.

Day 1: Monday November 26th, 2012 – Introduction to Project

Day 1 started with each partner organisation giving a short presentation on their respective ogranisations. These presentations allowed each partner to get to know each other a little better which will be very important for the success of the project. The afternoon of Day 1 was dedicated to project management. Simon Purdue and Aidan Harney of Engineers Ireland brought the project partners through the aims, structure and financial rules of the project.

Day 2: Tuesday November 27th, 2012 – Mentoring Masterclass

Aidan Harney conducted Engineers Ireland’s award-winning Mentoring Masterclass with the project partners. This included a run through of the various theories on mentoring interspersed with role playing exercises with the project partners. This experience would be vital for the partners when the partners implement their pilot mentoring systems in their own organisations.

Day 3: Wednesday November 28th, 2012 – Mentoring Masterclass/ EDP Distribution Visit

Day 3 involved more role play mentoring exercises with the group. In the afternoon, the group visited EDP distribution to get a presentation on their advanced mentoring practices. This visit was highly valuable for the project group as throughout the week the partners were exposed to a lot of mentoring theory but now they could see ‘best practice’ mentoring being used in a real life situation.

Day 4: Thursday November 29th, 2012 – Planning for Mentoring Pilot Phase

The final day of the symposium focused on the planning and implementing of a mentoring pilot phase in each partner organisation. All partners were encouraged to reflect and discuss the week of learning and t o record their thoughts in a learning diary. This process would be encouraged to be used by each partner throughout the lifetime of the project in order to gauge how much of an impact the project has had on each of their respective organisations.

The meeting was adjourned with each partner fully prepared to implement a mentoring pilot phase system in their own organisation.