And the award goes to ….

We are happy to announce the three winners of our Job Bridge Award – the Job Bridge Award addressed projects and initiatives aimed at validating learning outcomes in volunteering.

The winners are:

  • Validation of Volunteer Work, presented by ESN, Belgium
  • Skills Summary – The easy way to track and develop your life skills, presented by National Youth Council of Ireland
  • NOW App, presented by NOW, Switzerland

Find here the project abstracts: Continue reading

Job Bridge – Final Conference

The Job Bridge consortium is organising its final conference in cooperation with the REVEAL community. Their annual conference will take place on 10./11.12.2020.

The Job Bridge closing conference would have taken place in Brussels in early November. Now with all the restrictions, there is no physical meeting at all. Since there are many different events, we are happy to team up with REVEAL.

The main focus of the conference will be on creativity, innovation and digitalisation at the interface between education, volunteering and business,
We will provide more information within the next few weeks!

Webinars – Valuing competences in volunteering

Our JOB BRIDGE project is heavily affected by the corona crisis. Normally, all partners would currently carry out pilot projects to implement the JOB BRIDGE approach to validate the competences acquired in volunteering. Most of our planned pilot projects had to be suspended. And of course, we are not the only ones affected!

How do volunteers cope with the COVID crisis? What do they learn in volunteering? How to value the competences that they acquire?

Find the answers by registering* to three Webinars organised by our Belgian project partner LLLPlatform!

*Registrations are compulsory in order to get the Zoom link.

During the webinar on 16th June an input on the effects for the JOB BRIDGE project will be given.

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More information and registrations here:bit.ly/2MryhH2

SASSI – Impact of the pandemic on learning projects

The planned learning projects – so beautifully planned in Matosinhos – have been massively affected by the current situation. Everything started well. The team of BUPNET and blinc came back full of enthusiasm and started to concretise things. First steps were successfully taken: A coaching guideline based on the SASSI concept was developed, mobility as a means of further training was explored and first plans were made – actually a team training abroad was planned for June, then postponed to September and then cancelled completely for this year … . The plans for Job Shadowing have also been put on hold. Unfortunately, travelling is just not safe these days. But we hope that next year we can catch up on our plans for European mobility!

If you are also interested in planning European mobility, please visit our SASSI Hub, where we have prepared a wealth of information on this topic.

Savvy Volunteer – Earn a badge!

Do you do any volunteer work?
Then let this voluntary commitment be recognised by a European digital badge.

Your voluntary activities make a relevant contribution to your personal development. You will build new relationships and acquire a whole range of life skills which you may be able to use in the labour market at a later stage. Continue reading

Job Bridge – Training Course

We are pleased to announce that the Job Bridge training course for trainers and multipliers was successfully carried out on February 11th to 13th in the premises of the BUPNET in Göttingen, Germany. The course lasted 18 hours in total and included 22 participants from all partner countries. The course aimed to enable the participants to implement competence-oriented approaches with volunteers and validate competences acquired in the voluntary activities. All main course contents are available on the Job Bridge online platform. Continue reading

Job Bridge – Partner meeting in Rome

The second partner meeting took place on 07./08.10.2019 in Rome. The main purpose was to define the topics of the training course for volunteering facilitators and to set up the curriculum for the three-day course that will take place in February 2020 in Göttingen.

The main topics that are considered relevant are: Continue reading

Launch of Job Bridge surveys!

Job Bridge project partners are launching two surveys to help them analyse the situation regarding validation and volunteering in the EU.
One is addressing former and current volunteers, the other addresses volunteer-based organisations (facilitators of volunteers).

  • Are you a former or current volunteer? Do you want to share your experience with us?

Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BDC362W

  • Are you a volunteer facilitator? Do you want to share your experience with us?

Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JJSVGTD

Thank you!

Job Bridge – Kick-off in Paris

On 12./13. of February, 2019, the Job Bridge partners met in Paris for the kick-off meeting. The main purpose of the meeting was to get to know to each other and to plan in detail the first project activities.
The partners discussed in detail the approach of the stocktaking and needs analysis phase and brainstormed those competences that can be aquired in volunteering activities, on the one hand, and that are at the same time relevant for future employers. Currently the long list of competences is being revised and will be further consolidated by means of surveys and interviews in the partner countries.

Job Bridge – The Start

Volunteering is an important means for (young) people to develop themselves, by building new relationships and gaining a whole set of life skills that can improve their employability. It serves to gather important experience in unknown fields, to develop social, personal and organisational competences.

The Job Bridge project – Job Bridge for Volunteers, is a two year project, which aims to offer the means for educational providers dealing with volunteers to assess their volunteers’ competences and to support their learning paths. Job Bridge will develop a fully-fledged user-centred approach for validating non-formal and informal learning processes in volunteering activities, including a well proven web-based documentation, both for learners and those supervising them, the “facilitators”.

On the 12-13 February 2019, the partnership will meet for the first time in Paris, France and set up the first steps for a comprehensive comparative research report.