The TrainVol project aims to develop an alternative mechanism promoting skills development and labour market inclusion for young people (especially those belonging to vulnerable groups) through volunteerism, following a sustainable and replicable cascading model. This key target will be accomplished by building the capacities primarily of key civil society actors (youth workers) to organize voluntary programs, effectively engage, orientate, train and manage young people who wish to participate in organized volunteering activities, and facilitate their smooth integration; and secondarily, of young people (mostly NEETs) to take up an active role in volunteerism.
The project is focused on utilizing volunteerism as a key tool for promoting social inclusion, mainly for vulnerable youth (NEETS, ESL, low-skilled, socially marginalized and/or disengaged), and a way of combining civic engagement, active citizenship and social inclusion with non-formal and informal learning and capacity building.
The most important results of the project are to:
a) Enhance the management, governance, innovation capacity and internationalisation of youth organisations active in the volunteering field;
b) Build the capacities of youth organisations and youth workers and promote high quality and effectiveness of youth work in the volunteering field;
c) Improve the recognition of youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering though awareness raising and high quality service provision;
d) Promote volunteering as a way of combining (non-formal and informal) learning and capacity building with civic engagement, active citizenship and social inclusion;
e) Assist young people to engage, volunteer and drive positive social change in their communities;
f) Build the capacities and certify youth workers of youth organisations.