The Italian partners have been chosen to guarantee a mix of stakeholders able to really influence the local cultural approach and together facilitate the effective implementation of the proposed model.
The overall partnership has gained experience in the main LEVER areas, namely, recognition and certification of competences acquired in non-formal, informal environments, transversal competences, voluntary service. Moreover, the partners strongly believe in the voluntary service as a relevant learning set for skill enhancement and employability. For the last two years, the Italian partners have been carrying on local projects to foster unemployed people's transversal skill recognition by the labour agencies.
The aim was to value people's attitudes and capabilities and help them become more self-confident (FPM with the Province of Milano and the labour agencies); FPM has also developed the competence certification procedure in Lombardy and carried out a project with CIESSEVI Milano, the public agency offering services to the local voluntary service associations. This porject intended to certify a group of volunteers' competences on the basis of the Regional certification process. The same experimentation was carried out by Lavops together with FPM and Confindustria Sondrio. FPM is a certification body accredeted by Lombardy Region.
Concerning the North Europe Partners, EC-VPL and VIA-NVR, they have got a huge and long experience in non-formal, informal learning recognition and in valuing the voluntary service experiences and competences. That's why they will be responsible for the activities related to the model development and the evaluation process. Their long experience make them able to integrate differences and propose recommendations for the partnership and the local policy makers as well.
Concerning Hominem Challenge, they have exprience in the Human Resources topics, e.g. coaching, soft skill training, tutor training, etc. They also are interested in the LEVER topic and will involve volunteers to certify their competences, playing a role in the validation of the soft skill framework, and recognition and evaluation of the transversal skills as well. FPM has already worked with some people there on ICT competence topics.
SNS will spread the model within their network of enterprises, being able to bring it to the attention of the local policy makers in Regione Umbria, even influencing the formal and informal committees established at national level to develop common guidelines and procedures about competence validation and certification.
Concerning GNF, as one of the most experienced non governamental body, it is very interetsed in the topic and will contribute to disseminate the model and to exploit it locally.
Lombardy Region and Confcooperative-Federsolidarietà Roma, have endorsed the project and will contribute to the dissemination and exploitation of results, within the competence certification initiatives and the volontary service coontexts. On the whole, the partnership will be able to develop and test the model on about 50 volunteers, produce recommendations for local policy makers, make it applicable even beyond the porject, over time.