EVOLVET (European Volunteer coordinators Vocation Education and Training) is a European strategic partnership composed by seven organisations working with development projects for social inclusion and education from Austria, Finland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.
The project aims at giving a positive impulsion to the training of volunteer coordinators by providing a standardized tool-kit containing on-the-job training materials for skills and competences commonly demanded to volunteer coordinators across Europe, not only for the management of development projects but also on the concrete education and training of the volunteers taking part on them.
During the two-year project duration, partner organizations will work on exchanging information and materials about their current on-the-job training practices for their professional volunteer coordinators as well as carrying out on-the-field research of the skills and competences commonly demanded to volunteer coordinators across Europe. Partners will then use the collected information and materials to create a standardised tool-kit containing on-the-job training materials for skills and competences commonly demanded to volunteer coordinators in development organisations across Europe, that will be tested on the different partner countries in order to ensure its quality and improve it using real volunteer coordinators working on development organisations.
Moreover, the project will also run transnational training mobilities that will make possible to volunteer coordinators from the different partner organisations to take part in common education initiatives about volunteers management embedded within the activities of the project.
The creation of such standard pan- European training materials for professional volunteer coordinators will directly contribute to improve the transparency and recognition of their qualifications and competences using also already established systems based on measurable recognitions (Ex. ECVET) at transnational level, including those acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning.
Furthermore, the project will aim to identify the skills required by professional volunteer coordinators on development organisations, what will make possible to compose an standard curriculum of competences for this professional category that could be use afterwards for both, vocational education and training centers (to develop new learning pathways, methodologies and degrees) and organisations working with projects for local and international development (to detect which competences should be reinforced on their teams and detect those skills needed for future recruitments).
According to all of this, EVOLVET is not only an innovative project which main objective is to develop new materials and improve the situation of those professionals working as volunteer coordinators on the development field, but also a necessary initiative to facilitate the transitions of those learning on social education and training centers offering NGOs coordination and management degrees, and the real labor market that will wait them after their graduation.
Besides all of this, the project also aims to create new links between organisations of different countries and sectors working on the same field (local and international development of communities) that could make possible to reinforce the transnational structures of communication and sources to support projects on this field