The research which represents the first step of the VOYCE project is in full swing and will end in July 2017.
The issue of the research is the validation of the volunteers’ skills, a crucial matter for the European Union and the Member Countries. Over one young European in five is a volunteer (Source: Eurofound 2011), and this experience can promote personal growth but also the employability for these young people.
The situation in the EU member countries is variable: some countries have adopted a national system of validation of non-formal and informal skills, other countries adopted regional systems, and in others there are only local experiments. Moreover, it should be stressed that rarely validation systems are designed for volunteering; yet this has particular characteristics that require specific attention.
The research work is coordinated by the partner Era Ewaluacji and takes place simultaneously in Poland, Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain. The aim is in the first place to analyze in depth the situation in the participating countries: what are the experiences of validation of skills of young volunteers? Does the public education system recognize and certifies these skills? Do companies take into account the validated skills when recruiting young people?
However the search for VOYCE project will not have a purely cognitive purpose. The research report will be used to create practical validation tools that can be suitable for youth volunteering: a manual, a course for youth workers, and an online platform.