Creating career pathways for volunteers

Over the past few months Eastern Volunteers has been in discussions with Swinburne University on the development and delivery of educational qualifications for volunteers and staff within the not-for-profit sector.

This morning the two organisations signed a collaborative agreement to formally initiate this approach. Eastern Volunteers had been considering the formation of a Registered Training Organisation but changing regulatory requirements was making this approach increasingly prohibitive.

The agreement with Swinburne will build upon the strengths of the two organisations, with Eastern Volunteers utilising its extensive community and volunteer networks while Swinburne is able to provide its educational expertise.

The agreement will create new educational pathways for people currently employed in the not-for-profit sector, as well as the ability to study formal qualifications for volunteers who are placed within community organisations.

The signing initiates the agreement and both organisations will begin by identifying potential courses and content that is relevant for the community sector. The delivery courses is anticipated to begin by early 2012.

Alex Makin

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