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The Shift on partnership for employee volunteering

Posted: Wednesday 16 March 16, 12.31pm GMT

The Shift have published insight on how to run a successful volunteering programme that is based on strong partnerships between business and community.

The Shift is the Belgian meeting point for sustainability, they bring together some 350 companies, NGOs and other organisations to stimulate partnerships and help co-create sustainable business models. 

They, as part of Business in the Community’s ENGAGE Key Cities programme, run the employee volunteering programme Discover Your Talent which aims to help young people from Brussels to find a job.  The Shift quickly realised the increasing problem among youngsters when finding their first job and decided to take action. With the joint efforts of five companies (Accenture, Elia, Freshfields, Nestle and Securex) and two organisations (Maks VZQ and The Shift), Belgian youngsters can now learn how to write a CV and a cover letter; how to perform well at interviews, as well as to strengthen other softer skills. Please to read more about the programme click here .

The key to the success of Discover Your Talent has been effective partnerships and to share their insight The Shift have created the Practical Guide to partnerships involving employee volunteering.  The guide presents the key challenges and successes for the following activities:

• Identify your target group and organizational needs
• Identify which organization could be the best partner
• Meet the partner
• Identify potential projects
• Define the resources you can allocate to the project
• Write a common action plan
• Start with a pilot
• Throughout the process, communicate

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