Eastern Volunteers recently signed a collaborative agreement with Swinburne University to deliver educational qualifications to the community sector and volunteers.
Stage one of this program is the introduction of courses relevant to staff that coordinate, supervise and manage volunteers within organisations. Swinburne and Eastern Volunteers are working together to deliver a Certificate IV and Diploma of Management that is relevant for staff members that fulfill these roles.
Throughout this week, the two organisations have held information sessions designed to receive feedback and suggestions in regard to course content and requirements. Several themes have emerged and this will be considered within the course to make sure it Is relevant to the needs of the sector.
The course has been designed to recognize the experiences of staff, providing a strong emphasis on recognizing prior learning to both recognize and enhance available skills in the community sector.
Enrollment is scheduled to begin prior to the end of the year with the first course beginning in early 2012.