Title Building European Third Sector Capacity
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI-163_219
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The project trained trainers from partners in Bulgaria, Greece and Italy to deliver a pilot accredited course in ‘Managing Volunteers'. Partners in Austria and Turkey provided research and other input.
Summary To share information, guidance & support between partners on the delivery of accredited vocational qualifications in management to third sector organisations; to train & support 6 third sector trainers to deliver a new course; to support 18 managers in third sector organisations to gain new skills and the potential to acquire a qualification, increasing the level of professional skills in volunteer management; to enable the volunteers overseen by these organisations to experience more rewarding volunteering, via the third sector projects having more robust procedures and being better informed in their approach to management; to investigate (and if appropriate develop) networks for the dissemination of information and guidance to trainers supporting third sector groups; and to review, clarify and support the links with European models of vocational education and training relating to third sector qualifications.
A healthy and vibrant third sector can support all European states to better achieve their objectives. However, most third sector groups across Europe struggle to find resources and to develop their potential. This UK-led project aimed to create a starting point with one accredited qualification for people who manage volunteers, which was delivered as a pilot in three new countries (via our partners in Greece, Italy and Bulgaria). Austria was involved via our valorisation partner; and an Associate Partner, representing one ultimate target audience, is from Turkey.
Our objectives were:
to share information, guidance and support between partners on the delivery of accredited vocational qualifications in management to third sector organisations; to train at least 6 trainers (2 each from Greece, Bulgaria and Italy) to deliver an accredited Managing Volunteers qualification; to deliver (via the trainers) a pilot course to 18 (6 in each country) third sector managers, enhancing their abilities and understanding; to help the volunteers 'hosted' by these organisations to experience more rewarding volunteering; to investigate (and if appropriate develop) links with networks for the dissemination of information and guidance to trainers supporting third sector groups; and to review, clarify and support the links with European models of vocational education and training (ECVET & EQF) relating to third sector qualifications.
The partnership was a new one, which brought together organisations that are each experienced in their own field and region, to collaborate in an area of mutual interest and potential future benefit to all. Four of the partners had previous experience of Leonardo, the exceptions being the UK and Turkish partners.
Project outcomes included: a newly formed transnational network; training materials (adapted from PNE's original UK materials) available for wider delivery context; a minimum eight trainers able to deliver the new qualification (two in each of the three delivery countries); over 60 newly trained third sector managers; the identification of potential future options for all consortium partners to continue to deliver the new qualification.
The ongoing impact will include: a minimum of 18 more robust third sector organisations; a new product (training materials) available for delivery by partners; potential trading relationships between the partnership; roll-out of the delivery in three of the six partner countries (with Turkey as a future option); ultimately increased capacity in third sector groups that work with volunteers, and a more healthy and vibrant third sector in each of the participating regions / countries.
In addition, there is the potential for UK accreditation of participants from partner organisations (if required, via PNE's qualification centre).
The intangible benefits will include a contribution towards a baseline for future development work which is focused on the European third sector.
Product information See "files" section for examples of training materials produced.