The project

The development of competences is one of the main reasons why people become volunteers. This is the conclusion of various studies from the last few years within the European Union, including: “Volunteering in the European Union” (European Commission, 2010) and “Así somos: el perfil del voluntariado social en España” (Translation: “This is who we are: the profile of social volunteering in Spain”) (Plataforma del Voluntariado de España, 2013).

In this context, it is essential that we, as voluntary organisations, can offer to those volunteering a way to validate the competences they develop as volunteers. Unfortunately, the wide majority of professionals working in the European voluntary sector lack the training necessary to implement processes of validation of competences within their organisations.

The partners of this project know first-hand this problem as we have years of experience working in the development of tools for the validation of competences. The main obstacle we have constantly faced is the lack of training in this field of the professionals working for voluntary organisations.

To improve the offer, accessibility and quality of continuous training (C-VET) on the validation of competences we have prepared the e-VOC project with the aim to develop the first open and multilingual online training course for Volunteer Coordinators on the validation of competences. The online training course will offer 120 hours of training to the professionals of the European voluntary sector on the validation of competences, accessible via computers, tablets and smartphones. It will be available in three languages (Spanish, English and Italian) as OER (Open Educational Resources).

This project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, is a joint initiative of: the Spanish Volunteering Platform (Spain), CSVnet (Italy), EDOS Foundation (The Netherlands), and National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland).