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Volunteering is in EU countries with a longer history and tradition of volunteering generally recognized not only as a leisure time activity, but also a way to achieve new skills and competencies that are recognized by employers. In Slovakia, the situation is quite different - there is no system for recognition and validation of non-formal education by colleges or universities (as in UK or other countries) because we lack the legal framework for it and there is a low recognition of benefits of volunteering by employers in Slovakia. Also the volunteer centres (VC) are lacking the skills and systems necessary for the work with unemployed volunteers. These are the reasons for the project implementation. This was the reason why the Volwem project was initiated. Thanks to the funding from the Life-Long Learning Programme, it started in October 2012 and ended in September 2014.

Thanks to the project, the project partners transfered and adapted system of validation of non-formal learning (in Slovakia it is a pilot project tested in the cooperation with the Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica) known in Scotland as VSkills for Employability. In addition to that, there was another system of cooperation with unemployment volunteer based on the active cooperation with jobcentres (labour offices) and volunteer centres transferred to Slovakia. The third part of the project was focused on the cooperation with employers in selected Slovak regions with the goal to inform them about benefits of volunteering and to motivate them toward taking information about volunteering into consideration while selecting new employees.

Volwem Project aimed to contribute to the creation of following conditions in Slovakia:

• jobcentres (labour offices) are aware and accept volunteering opportunities as a way to gain experience and motivate unemployed people for such activity;

• volunteer centres educate volunteer involving organizations in specifics of work with unemployed volunteers and NGOs are actively cooperating with unemployed volunteers;

• institutions of formal education are aware about opportunities and existing systems of recognition of non-formal education gained through volunteering;

• employers are aware about benefits of volunteering and consider the information on active engagement in volunteering of a job seeker for important.

resized__150x58_EU_flag_LLP_EN_01This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Report on Project Results
Realization of international project VOLWEM brought several outcomes to Slovakia. You can read summary of all project results in this study.


VSkills for Employment online tool
One of the main outcomes of the project Volwem is an online tool for recognizing and acknowledging skills gained in volunteering. The tool D-zručnosti pre zamestnanie will be launched in 2015. Find more information here or visit (only in Slovak)

resized__150x99_140910conference_013Conference "Is volunteering way to employment?
The final conference of the project was held on September 10, 2014 in the State Scientific Library in Banska Bystrica. During the conference, were presented the results of the project and introduced different concepts of recognition of volunteering in different European countries. Materials and pictures from the conference you can find here.

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