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OBF Academy- Case Finnish Red Cross

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Open Badges demonstrating volunteers’ competencies at the Finnish Red Cross

Sole Noranta, Volunteer Training Coordinator at the Finnish Red Cross, speaks about the organisation’s ongoing open badges project.

Many volunteers participate in the operation of the Finnish Red Cross, donating their time and skills. In return, they will also learn new skills and competencies. Open badges are an excellent way to reward the volunteers and help them demonstrate their competencies also in their private lives.

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OBF Academy- Case Finnish Red Cross

  1. 1. OPEN BADGES IN FINNISH RED CROSS Open Badge Factory Webinar on December 10th 2019 • Finnish Red Cross Training System for Volunteers • Elements of Training Development • Competency Development in Finnish Red Cross • Why Badges? • From testing to final procedures • Testing in progress (Volunteer Trainers) • Questions to be solved in the near future
  2. 2. FINNISH RED CROSSTRAINING SYSTEM FOR VOLUNTEERS Punainen Risti: ”Järjestö- osaaminen” SUBSTANCE =TRAINING FIELDS (Modules 100) RED CROSS KNOWLEDGE (Modules 5-10) INTERACTION AND GROUP LEADING (Modules 10-12) Volunteering Fields = Training Fields Trainings: 5000 / year Participants: 60 000 /year Volunteering fields: • First aid • Psychosocial support • International Humanitarian Law • Organization • Multicultural actions • Friend service • Youth work • Health promotion • Rescue service Badges are planned to be based on volunteering roles in these fields, such as … • ”Member of a Rescue group” • ”Contact person for Friend Service” • ”Youth Club Leader” • ….. All volunteers … Principles and values, Strategies… Diversity in volunteering Safety Communication… Specialization in a particular field
  3. 3. Training strategy and overall development Recognizing skills needed in volunteering fields Training modules 2-8 hours Training administration and web-course system ToT -system Guidelines and policies Recognizing skills and competences earned by volunteering ELEMENTS OFTRAINING DEVELOPMENT Role descriptions and the skills needed in those. To ensure that our ”trtaining map” meets volunteers needs. Ensures flexibility and unity when building training pathways. Skills and competences as a starting point for planning. Using common tools and frames for planning. New platforms to be deployed during 2020 To enable basic training for volunteers. Mutual guidelines, policies, roles, rights and responsibilities. (A prerequisite for a coherent and resource efficient system). For example: Open Badge system: Technical management environment exists. Piloting with the volunteer trainers. Graphic/visual model designed by Accenture. External validation of key training programs 2020…
  4. 4. 4 COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT IN FINNISH RED CROSS TRAINING ADMINISTRATIO N AND WEB COURSE PLATFORM DEPLOYMENT “POP” BADGES NATIONAL INTRODUCTION …THE FIRST PHASE… DEFINING COMPETENCIE S WHICH SKILLS, WHICH COMPETENCIES? HOW TO BUILD TRAINING MODULES AND TRAINING PATHS BASED ON NEEDED COMPETENCIES? WHAT KIND OF BADGES DO WE CREATE TO RECOGNIZE THESE? BADGE PILOTING 4 BADGES TO BE TESTED CLEAR, FLEXIBLE, HIGH QUALITY AND CONSISTENT EDUCATION SYSTEM 2019 2020– 1 4 2 5 BADGES IN VOLUNTEERS DATA MANAGEME NT SYSTEM “OMA” 3
  5. 5. Benefits / Volunteers • Shows and increases visibility and value of volunteering • An easy and modern way to verify the skills acquired in volunteering to employers or official educational institutions • Makes deepening knowledge visible • Provides opportunities to varying tasks in our organization WHY BADGES? Benefits / Finnish Red Cross • Reward and motivate volunteers • To engage volunteers • Visible and understandable learning programs and learning goals • ”Guides” to design compentence-based training modules and programs
  6. 6. FROM TESTING TO FINAL PROCEDURES 6 Pilot SIVIS STUDY CENTER: BADGES FOR MEMBER NGO:S DEPLOYMENT IN FRC ACTION FIELDS? Volunteer Trainer Patrolling Volunteer (Festivals) Contact person for migration THE FINAL ”BADGE FAMILY” WILL BE CONSTRUCTED WHILE SETTING THE LEARNING GOALS AND LEARNING PATHWAYS. Testing: Collecting Feedback from Volunteers and Staff members Finding the ideal process to create and issue badges Testing How do these work for Finnish Red Cross Volunteers? Testing Which are the action fields where we want to recognize skills and compencies? How do Badges work as a method to do this? ? ?
  7. 7. TESTING IN PROGRESS… Volunteer Trainers´s Badge Criteria: ToT training program (=3 modules) Training sample (=2-3 hours)
  8. 8. QUESTIONS (TO BE SOLVED IN THE NEAR FUTURE) • How to convince all actors and stakeholders to ”jump aboard”? • How to define and prioritize the final key competencies in our organization since we operate in such a large scale? • How to ensure the staff members competence to run and manage the Badge system? • How to find relevant tools and methods for disseminating and marketing the system? • How to find methods and resources to recognize and acknowledge volunteers previous skills and competences?

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