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One of the goals of the Volwem project is to transfer to Slovakia a system of recognition of skills gained through volunteering, known in Scotland under the name VSkills for Employability.

Volunteering affords many opportunities to learn and acquire new skills. VSkills means volunteering-based learning. VSkills for Employability is a new, volunteering-based, approach to acquiring the general work skills everyone needs.

Employability skills are a set of attributes, skills and knowledge that everyone needs to be more employable and more effective at work. They include self-management, team working, problem-solving, communication and numeracy. These are sometimes described as ‘soft skills’. The VSkills for Employability approach supports volunteers to demonstrate these skills and achieve the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Employability Award – a recognised national qualification.

How does it work?

A volunteer undertaking VSkills for Employability will need support from their manager or co-ordinator.

Volunteers can also use an online resource, provided exclusively by Volunteer Development Scotland through its Learning Community, to reflect on their experiences of volunteering and to collect evidence for assessment.

The evidence collected by volunteers then needs to be assessed by a college or other SQA Approved Centre.

If you want to know more, contact Volunteer Development Scotland at vds@vds.org.uk.