Auckland University of Technology has developed Skills Exchange, an online tool for initiating, monitoring and reporting on employee and student engagement with the community.
It allows staff and students to quickly and easily source community projects as part of their education, or personal or professional development.
The project aims to increase the frequency and value of employee volunteering through a simple online solution. With the decline of people participating in traditional volunteering practices, employee volunteering is fast becoming a preferred way for people to engage with their community, according to AUT.
Skills Exchange is the only dedicated employee volunteering tool in New Zealand. The system offers online registration, with secure login for registered community groups and employers, and their employees. It also offers a personalised summary page for every participant, online volunteer recruitment and a variety of report options to capture and summarise activities.
Registered employers and community groups can log new projects, as well as monitor and review project progress. When a project is completed registered members can automatically generate an evaluation and summary report for the project.
Since its launch in September, Skills Exchange has registered nearly 1,600 employees and students from Vodafone, AUT and IBM, and 80 community groups and has listed over 60 projects.