First volunteer management NVQs awarded

Two students in Yorkshire have become the first individuals to be awarded NVQs in volunteer management.

The qualification, which was launched by the Institute of Leadership and Management last year, was awarded to Parminder Kaur and Sarah Maligranda, who were trained by the Bradford-based housing charity Key House.

Sikander Hussain, NVQ assessor at Key House, said: “We have a project to train volunteers to be advice workers in Bradford, and there was no suitable qualification in the market until this came along.

“It gives some credibility to volunteer management. Now we want to promote the NVQ further, particularly in the not-for-profit sector.”

June Hawkins, head of development at the ILM, said: “The institute is proud to have worked with the UK Workforce Hub to develop these NVQs, which will allow organisations to improve the skills of those staff who manage volunteers.”

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