Accreditation to recognise volunteers' skills

A Europe-wide accreditation scheme for environmental volunteers will be launched in September.

The Environments for Learning programme is based on the European Qualification Framework and will provide a way of recognising and assessing skills and knowledge that volunteers learn informally through volunteering.

The programme is being developed by UK environmental volunteering charity BTCV and six partner organisations from across Europe. It will allow skills learned through volunteering in one country to be recognised in another.

“This will be especially important for our younger volunteers, who often take time out before, during or after studies,” said Anita Prosser, head of international development at BTCV. “It will also benefit those de-motivated by studying, who learn new skills in a friendly and informal setting”.

It is funded by the European Union’s Leonardo da Vinci programme for improving the quality of vocational education and training in Europe.

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