Volunteering and employability : implications for policy and practice

Daiga Kamerade, Angela Ellis Paine

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Abstract

In this article, we argue that if the principal aim of a volunteering programme is to provide a route into employment, its effectiveness can be improved if the participants acquire the specific skills, knowledge and attitudes that employers need. Volunteering programmes where enhancing employability is only one of several desired outcomes should focus primarily on other benefits of volunteering, with a realistic expectation of how much (or little) volunteering can contribute as a direct pathway into employment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-273
JournalVoluntary Sector Review
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

Keywords

  • back-to-work programmes
  • unemployment
  • volunteering employability

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