Tangible deliverables and intangible results are expected. Tangible outcomes are:
1) The LEVER cross-national survey. A collection of local experiences and practices on: a) recognition of informal, non-formal learning/prior learning and transversal skills, i.e. certification procedures of competences acquired in non-formal, informal learning environments; transversal skills/competence reference standards/frameworks against which evaluating voluntary service competences; the application of the ECVET system and the EQF. b) examples of voluntary service experiences as effective learning paths and sets for the enhancement of competences/transversal skills, as well as virtuous experiences from companies able to integrate voluntary service initiatives into their training programmes;
2) The LEVER e-book: a) a summary of the best practices/state of the art detected by the survey; b) a correspondent table matching the local/national competence certification procedures and the local/national reference standards of competences and skills. This table will be developed at two levels, one general, identifying correspondences between the overall structures of the local/national standards; one specific, related to the subset of competences and transversal skills relevant for the voluntary service. The matching will be aimed at mutually recognizing local practices making them transparent and understandable, creating an area of mutual trust enabling mobility; c) a common certification procedure harmonizing the local specificities and related to the correspondent table; d) a common reference framework of certifiable competences/transversal skills and related to the correspondent table. The Model will also include guidelines how to apply and use it, as well as recommendations to policy makers about the opportunity to embed such model in the local, national and even European labour policies. They will come from the results of Impact Monitoring and Sustainability Planning.
3) The LEVER web tool. A web solution addressing users, embedding: Correspondent Table; Guidelines (how to get a certification); competence/transversal skill framework. It will also record the Competence Certifications got by the volunteers, according to the Europass scheme, as well as the resources required for assessments.
4) The LEVER certificates. About 70 certifications will be processed in the testing phase. The certifications will be addressed to volunteers interested in recognizing the competence/transversal skills developed during their voluntary service experiences. Each partner will recruit volunteers and test the process following the LEVER model guidelines. The local assessments will be documented and the related pieces of evidence will be stored on the LEVER web tool, building the e-portfolio of each volunteer involved.EC-VPL and FPM will be the certification bodies able to issue official certifications for those volunteers who will pass the evaluation phase.
5) The dissemination materials. A dedicated community manager will keep alive and updated the LEVER web site, the integrated Facebook and twitter groups as well as the YouTube channel and the WIKIPEDIA.org content. One video per country will be produced to document the local experience, i.e. the workshops and the testing phase. Two articles are planned to document LEVER aims and results. An initial project postcard and a final light brochure with an excerpt of the LEVER eBook are planned printed (about 2000 copies). The intangible results are concerned with the target groups/audience’s awareness raising: a sensitization to non-formal, informal learning and its recognition by certifications, as a value for the labour market and employability; voluntary service as a learning experience. Population, i.e. young people, families, citizens as a whole, have to appreciate the voluntary service also as a possible pathway to the job market or even to enter vocational training programmes through credits. The same for the voluntary service associations who can include a specific internal service to be offered to their volunteers, facilitating them to collect the evidence necessary to be assessed and certified; and the enterprises who can see the certification process as an effective lever for recruitment and growth and voluntary service as an alternative way of learning. Enterprises can even participate in the certification process providing the assessors. Hence, consensus and mutual trust will be created between the different partners in the market. These intangible results will be measured by the participation in the local workshops and the Assessor-Tutor Training measure addressing operators in the voluntary service associations and enterprises, as well as potential evaluators, to become tutors or assessors; the impact monitoring with the surveys on “customer satisfaction” and feedback. Local/national and EU Policy makers level of attention will also be a measure of the LEVER achievement.