Democracy and participation, Education, Training and volunteering



Who is behind this?

Hugo A. UrciĆ³n

Erasmus Student Network AISBL


Who is joining forces?

European Institute for Industrial Leadership


European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE)


European Students Forum - AEGEE-Europe


Erasmus Student Network will be leading this project with the aforementioned organisations as associate partners providing support and participating in the pilot programme.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

How stressful can it be for volunteers to spend years developing skills through volunteering activities to later find out these will not be recognised worldwide - especially by their potential employers? This project addresses this weakness by bringing together all different sectors and developing a CC-licensed global standard methodology for the recognition of non-formal learning applicable to all of them, with a special focus on volunteering organisations as drivers of those skills.

Where will your idea take place?

European-wide project implemented across the networks of ESN and associate partners.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Institutions arbitrarily decide on whether a person is ready for the labour market instead of taking a more holistic approach that involves also employers and peers. This project facilitates the democratisation of non-formal education by making skills recognition a crowd-based decision.

What is your impact?

Youth organisations, among others, will have a methodology that will facilitate the development of their training programmes, bridging the gap between the skills developed by volunteers and those the employers are looking for by putting them together under the same standards.

How do you get there?

This project will develop a free-sharing methodology. For this, the most important is to: 1) Bring together stakeholders from all sectors (the more different, the better) in small sessions; 2) Identify procedures and requirements of their training methods; 3) Put together the minimum common requirements all those programmes follow; 4) Develop a common frame methodology for training programmes that guarantees the outcomes meet all stakeholders requirements, hence, are recognised by all of them.

What is your story?

As a youth organisation we constantly train our volunteers, who develop skills in plenty of different domains. We find the problem of these competences not being recognised everywhere, especially by employers. This project will make our efforts on training our volunteers worthy for us and them.

Who are you doing it for?

Everyone. This project affects to everyone as persons willing to develop themselves and have access to the recognition they deserve. It also helps organisations to stay in line with current trends on training and make sure they have access to the talent they need for their roles.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

If this is an interesting topic for you, please share your feedback and additional ideas to make this project both more complete but also more flexible. Let's make it happen by working all together for it.



Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018

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