Guest Post: Carol Blattau, Mariner Management
In our first post, we introduced a way to shift your volunteer training to one that focuses on the person not the position. Our second post talked about how to build a volunteer matrix based on the 5 basic learning and development levels (new/emerging volunteer, learning volunteer, new volunteer leader, experienced volunteer leader and strategic volunteer leader).
In this post, we’ll give you an overview of your next steps towards revamping your program. But first, we need to differentiate between training (transactional) and development (leadership). Both are valuable and necessary but understanding the difference will help you appreciate what your volunteers need to be successful as they move through the pathway. Here are the basic definitions along with a chart recommending specific learning topics.