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Information Sessions on the Swinburne and Eastern Volunteers Collaborative Agreement

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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.

Creating career pathways for volunteers

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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.