Volunteering and employability : implications for policy and practice

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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
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014


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