The project known as LEVER – Modelling Informal Learning and Transversal Competences in the Voluntary Service Experience to Increase Employment and Mobility of Citizens is organized by the Fondazione Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in cooperation with the following partners:

  • L.A.Vo.P.S. – Volunteering Service Centre Sondrio Province from Italy
  • Confindustria di Sondrio e Lecco from Italy, SNS – Scuola Nazionale Servizi from Italy
  • VPL – Foundation European Centre Valuation Prior Learning from Netherlands
  • VIA University College from Denmark
  • HOMINEM Challenge SL from Spain
  • and Good Network Foundation from Poland

The project is funded by the Erasmus + program.


The purpose of the project is to develop models and tools that help organizations and volunteers in the development of soft skills that can be useful in the job market.


As part of the project there was conducted a study, which had two objectives. The first was to identify local experiences and good practices in the field of recognition of competences acquired in the course of informal and non-formal education. The second was to identify examples of volunteer programs that allow volunteers to learn and develop competencies.

Then, based on the results of research and experience of the partners, there have been developed a handbook describing the LEVER Model, i.e. a procedure for competence certification that takes into account local conditions. Also, there has been created a web platform where all volunteers can go through the process of certification (in English).


As the LEVER Model is an innovative tool, the project provides a test phase. During this phase in each of the participating countries the following will be done:

  • professional training will be organized for non-governmental organizations representatives, who are interested in using the LEVER Model for certifying competences of the volunteers cooperating with them. The participants will receive certificates confirming their knowledge in terms of acting as a tutor (a person supporting a volunteer in going through the certification process) and an assessor (a person assessing a volunteer’s competences on the basis of conversations and materials collected by the volunteer,)
  • at least 12 volunteers will certify their competences and share their impressions with the organizers and make suggestions about improving the tool.

Would you like to take part in the training? If so, feel free to contact us!

For the first 24 participants the training is free of charge!


For more information go to http://kompetencjewolontariuszy.pl

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