Presentation on theme: "Stepping Stones Programme"— Presentation transcript:
1 Stepping Stones Programme A Career Development Programme for Grade 2/3 StaffVolunteering – enhancing employability
2 What we’ll cover Why consider volunteering? How volunteering can enhance employabilityWhat’s available and how to get involved
3 Volunteering – What is it? The definition of volunteering used in the 1997 National Survey of Volunteering is: "any activity which involves spending time, unpaid, doing something which aims to benefit someone (individuals or groups) other than or in addition to close relatives, or to benefit the environment."The definition of volunteering used in the Home Office Citizenship Survey, 2001 is: "Formal Volunteering - Giving unpaid help through groups, clubs or organisations to benefit other people or the environment."
4 How does Volunteering help the community? In per cent of people in England and Wales volunteered through a group, club or organisation at least once, equivalent to approximately million people.Each volunteer contributed an estimated 104 hours in a year and the total contribution was 1.9 billion hours. This was equivalent of one million full-time workers.At the national average wage their contribution was worth around £22.5 billion. This form of involvement takes place throughout the public, private and third sectors.
5 Why do people volunteer? 47% of people volunteer because they were asked! 1Reasons for volunteering are extremely personal and motivations will vary from person to person.These could include….Personal and social reasons, doing something different, employability skills, giving something back.1 Volunteering England – Building on Success document.
7 Boost your Career Options A survey carried out by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UK’s leading businesses:73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills58% say that voluntary work experience can actually be more valuable than experience gained in paid employment94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted.
8 Benefits of Volunteering ExperienceQualifications/TrainingInsight into potential future careerContacts/networkingEnhance skills that employers are looking for such as leadership, teamwork and communication
9 How can Volun-tees help? Co-ordinate volunteering at the UniversityIdentify, promote and develop opportunitiesEnsure volunteers receive training and supportHelp volunteers gain recognition and accreditationEnhance student and staff experience and skills
11 VIP ExerciseBrief: To plan a fundraising activity for Victim Support who wouldlike to buy personal safety equipment for Victims of Crime.Outcome: Plan a one day event to includeOutline of event/activityRole for each member of the groupBudget required for eventEquipment requiredPublicity/marketing plan