Voluntary sector qualifications launched by the Institute of Leadership and Management

The UK’s first ever management qualifications specifically for the voluntary sector has been launched by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Designed specifically for individuals who manage volunteers, the new qualifications aim to equip managers to effectively plan, organise and monitor voluntary workers.

Other key elements include providing guidance on evaluating volunteers’ contribution to organisational goals and good practice on inspiring workers who are not motivated by pay cheques.

The recent study Improving Our Skills by the Voluntary Sector National Training Organisation identified a need for management training.

The study found 59% of workers in the voluntary sector earn less than £10,000 per year and managers can struggle to maintain productive working environments in which their teams feel valued, happy and motivated.

Andy Winter, director of learning and consultancy for YMCA England, which represents more than 10,000 staff and volunteers, welcomed the new qualifications.

“These new qualifications are a timely potential solution for those managers across the voluntary sector who are tasked with managing, motivating and involving volunteers in their work,” he said.

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