Our Vocational Mentorship Program
PAID-VMP attaches our degree students with a mentor (organizations and/or experts) throughout their study period in PAID-WA. The mentee is required to spend at least 30hours (equivalent to one credit value) with the mentor every semester. PAID-VMP aims to ensure that prior to or upon graduation, the students:
- Acquire workplace competencies and experiences that are certificated.
- Balances classroom knowledge with hands-on skills.
- Builds capacity for teamwork and productive networking.
- Nurtures well-defined self-employment career path.
PAID-VMP is compulsory to all degree students (BSc, PGD and MSc) of PAID-WA. The student can select on-campus (internal) or off-campus (external) mentoring. On-campus mentoring opportunities are available in the following areas: bead making and manual cloth marking; crop cultivation (outdoor and greenhouse); tree domestication/nursery; poultry; mushroom; bee farming/processing. Outdoor mentorship opportunities include pharmacy, nursing, health statistician, laboratory technician, NGO work, occupational and safety expert, journalism, forest conservation, human right advocacy, gender work, social work, area planning and surveys, landscaping and beautification, project management, GIS and remote sensing, and renewable energy. Environmental impact assessment, livestock, agricultural extension services, food processing, barbing, retail trading, creative arts and printing, computer repairs, phone repairs, refrigerator/air conditioner repairs, photocopier repairs, electrical wiring, block masonry.
- Placement of mentees is based on individual preferences subject to availability of mentors and/or facilities.
- Mentees are required to combine PA-VMP with their academic work.
- Mentees have to put in at least 30 hours per semester, plus extra two hours bi-monthly for peer support meetings.
- Mentors are expected to score and report on the performance of theirs mentees periodically, using designated reporting sheets.
The PAID-VMP Coordinators will visit the vocational site regularly to follow up the mentorship activities.
Peer Support Meetings
Peer Support Meetings (PSM) allows mentees to share experiences and draw lessons from discussing with others. It equally enables mentees to draw support from coordinators and the Institute.
The Role of PAID-WA
- Identifies the appropriate mentors and assigns mentees.
- Inducts and graduates mentees
The Role of Mentee/Protégé
- Assist the Institution and locate a mentor when necessary
- Attend compulsory Induction Workshop, PSM and other related activities.
- Show dedication to mentorship activities.
- Complete the Student Agreement form
- Update the mentorship journal
- Relate final project essay/thesis or a publication to mentorship experience gained.
- Remain respectful and obedient to the mentor.
- Show commitment to starting related businesses prior to or upon graduation.
The Role of a Mentor
Mentors are experts and/or veterans of a vocational area with a substantial number of years of experience. He/she is self-employed or an employee of an organization. Where a mentor works for an organization, express authorization of the employer may be required. In addition to vocational/practical competencies, mentors should be tolerant, good listeners and passionate above helping young people to become successful. The mentor should be a role model to assigned mentees.