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 main activities of the project are the following:

  • Development  of two Capacity Building Curricula, one for young potential volunteers and one for youth workers
  • Organisation of Youth Workers’ Capacity Building Workshops in all imlementing countries.
  • Organisation, administration, management, implementation and assessment of 5-day Mobility Events of Youth Workers organised in all implementing countries.
  • Organisation of 2-day local workshops in all implementing countries with 15 young people (priority to NEETs, ESL, low-skilled, socially marginalized and/or disengaged, etc.) to help them build their capacities to participate in voluntary activities and develop their transversal skills and competences
  • Organisation of a National networking and awareness raising events in all implementing countries
  • Dissemination and Exploitation activities.

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

At European level, the expected impact of the project is to foster international cooperation among Youth organisations, Youth workers, NGOs, CSOs, to Increase volunteering rates among youth and particularly socioeconomically vulnerable young people, and last but not least, to provide freely accessible high quality capacity building resources for developing comprehensive volunteering training programmes and plans.


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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

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