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VNZ recognises International Volunteer Managers Day with a new business qualification

Managers of volunteers, the people responsible for ensuring many of New Zealand’s workforce of 1.2m volunteers have as great an impact as possible, will be celebrated on nationwide on Sunday, 5 November during International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMD).

IVMD is a chance to recognise and celebrate the vital work volunteer managers provide to volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations through effective volunteer strategy, culture, communication and resources. Without this work, volunteers’ time, talents and efforts would be wasted.

New partnership to promote more effective volunteer management
VNZ is therefore proud to promote its new partnership with Careerforce to increase the professional standard of New Zealand’s managers of volunteers with a new business qualification; the New Zealand Certificate in First Line Management. This certificate is a flexible, affordable learning opportunity designed for experienced or aspiring team leaders, supervisors or coordinators of volunteers.

“It’s a great way to match your passion for supporting others and making a difference in our communities with a nationally-recognised professional framework, allowing you to better manage, engage and inspire your teams,” says Careerforce Chief Executive Ray Lind.

The qualification builds on VNZ’s acclaimed Competencies for Managers of Volunteers, and is a strong step forward in promoting volunteer management as a recognised and respected profession within the wider management field.

“Volunteers are a significant part of our society and if we want them to remain generous with their time and effort, we need to ensure we invest in their success through effective management and leadership,” says Scott Miller, VNZ Chief Executive. “Without it, our national volunteering efforts would be much, much less effective,” says Miller.

Note: This new qualification will be available in early 2018, once assessors have been trained to meet the anticipated demand of this exciting new qualification.

Volunteering New Zealand (VNZ) is an association of national volunteer-involving organisations that have a commitment to volunteering. Their mission is to maximise the impact of volunteering in our communities.


Volunteer Managers Certificate

With the support of Careerforce, VNZ is now able to offer the New Zealand Certificate in First Line Management. This is a New Zealand qualification that is flexible, offers affordable learning, and provides the opportunity for recognition of prior learning and experience. This certificate is perfect for anyone who is an experienced or aspiring team leader, supervisor or coordinator.

Register your interest here today: Register Now.

Providing a qualification pathway that builds on the Competencies for Volunteer Managers is the next step in this journey. It promotes volunteering as a recognised and respected profession with core competencies.

Course outcomes

The Certificate for Volunteer Managers supports team leaders, supervisors and coordinators to develop key leadership skills including managing tasks or projects, supporting teams and developing leadership styles. This is a 60 credit, Level 4 course.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Manage work flows to achieve team objectives.
  • Motivate and involve a team to achieve the team’s objectives and contribute to the entity’s objectives.
  • Communicate to develop relationships with team members and stakeholders.
  • Manage relationships within a team to sustain a productive workplace environment.
  • Promote an inclusive environment to value diversity for positive performance for the entity.
  • Adapt leadership styles for effectiveness in different environments.
  • Comply with internal policies, legislation and other external requirements for the entity.

Express your interest today

Volunteering New Zealand, with the support of Careerforce, is introducing a Certificate for Volunteer Managers. We are seeking expressions from those who are interested in enrolling.

Register your interest here today and we get in touch shortly with more information. Numbers are strictly limited, so register your interest here today: Register Now.

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