Eight European organisations joined forces for the VolunVET project in order to help with the training of those professionals who work within voluntary organisations to organise and manage the work of dedicated volunteers: Volunteer Coordinators.
During the two years of the project, the partners organised transnational and local activities to learn and better understand the functioning of the voluntary sector in other countries and to define the skills and competences which are more in demand from Volunteer Coordinators.
The outcome of the project was the following results produced by the partnership:
A “Guide of good practices” which includes the good practices of each project partner in recruiting, training and managing Volunteer Coordinators; what skills and competences they expect from Volunteer Coordinators; which of those skills and competences Volunteer Coordinators often lack of. View Download
The “List of recommendations to better respond to the lack of skills and competences from Volunteer Coordinators” which was elaborated by the participants of the round-tables following the presentations, debate and exchange of opinions on the Good Practices presented during the transnational meetings. View Download
The “Compilation of training materials for Volunteer Coordinators” from all countries represented in the partnership which includes the materials used by project partners within their organisations.
The study “Establishing a European Framework of Skills for Volunteer Coordinators” which is an analysis and list of the most sought after skills and competences by employers of Volunteer Coordinators and what are the skills and competences Volunteer Coordinators often lack of. View Download
Thanks to the studies carried out and exchange of good practices and opinions, project partners realised that the skills and competences Volunteer Coordinators often lack of are very similar across Europe. As a mean to provide a standard classification of skills and competences for the professional occupation of Volunteer Coordinator, partners grouped the skills and competences as follows:
Group 1: Skills and competences in recruiting, introducing to the organisation, and providing initial training to volunteers.
Group 2: Skills and competences in developing and managing projects involving volunteers.
Group 3: Skills and competences in human resources management in voluntary sector organisations.
Group 4: Skills and competences in organisational management of voluntary sector organisations.
Group 5: Skills and competences in communicating and presenting.
Group 6: Skills and competences in networking and partnership building.
Furthermore, after analysing the training available for Volunteer Coordinators in the seven countries represented in the project, the partners came to the overall conclusion that the training available is insufficient to fully deliver the above-mentioned skills and competences currently requested from Volunteer Coordinators across Europe. Therefore, there is the need to develop high-quality training so Volunteer Coordinators can develop the right skills and competences.
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