MSL Volunteering & Employability
Offer your student more opportunities to develop skills and boost employability alongside their academic studies. Encourage different ways to participate with opportunities at college, in student leadership roles and with your community partners and employers - and support retention initiatives in the process.
MSL Volunteering & Employability helps you reach more students whether they are college-based, remote learners or on placements - by providing access to a community of participants, opportunities and resources to showcase their skills.
Using MSL Volunteering & Employability to create a digital hub to encourage and recognise participation in activities outside of academic work has been essential for UPSU.
Read the University of Plymouth Students' Union case study.
Read more about these topics:
Profile & skills Manage opportunities Progress & awards Employers & opportunity providers
Profile & skills
Provide participants with their own unique profile which grows as they participate in activities and provides an instant view of their progress and areas they need to concentrate on. Their profile includes:
- Hours logged against skills
- Skills attained
- Training attended
- Awards received based on hours and skills attained
They can set search filters and preferences within their profile so they only see opportunities that match their requirements and help them build specific skills.
MSL provides participants with their own unique profile which grows as they participate in activities and provides an instant view of their progress and areas they need to concentrate on. Their profile includes:
Promote & manage opportunities
Move admin and paper based processes online so administrators can concentrate on employer and participant engagement and provide the best opportunities for students:
- Easily promote recurring and one-off opportunities and training with activity templates and pre-defined activity periods
- Give admin access to college departments and community opportunity providers to create/edit their own listings
- Quickly approve or reject opportunities as they are created or updated
- Monitor applications to participate
- Alert registered opted in users about new opportunities, new providers and their opportunity applications status with automated notifications
Progress & Awards
Measure and reward progress
Boost your students’ CVs with a complete skills record containing all their roles, activities, training undertaken and skills gained during an activity period. Attendance at training courses is verified before it can be logged against relevant awards and displayed on the profile.
Running multiple awards to recognise achievements
Multiple awards can be run simultaneously with each award based on number of hours logged and linked to criteria such as skill categories, qualifications and reviews the participant has received about their work or contribution to a volunteering scheme.
Employers & opportunity providers
Secure opportunity provider access
As well as building community links, giving your employers and opportunity providers online access means they can set up and manage their own accounts saving your own staff's time:
- Upload mandatory documents such as proof of insurance
- Post recurring and one-off opportunities
- Approve or reject applications to participate in their opportunities
Targeted opt-in messaging for volunteers
Distinctive templates for your volunteering and skills communications ensure you stand out and allow engaging information to be sent to opted in students, volunteers and opportunity providers.
Opportunity providers can also be given access to directly message all of their participants taking part in their opportunities. Where participants have opted out of communications, they can still view any messages sent to them in their profile but they will not receive them in their email inboxes.
Automated notifications are also available to alert users about new opportunities, new providers, an opportunity application, an approved registration - amongst many others.