Setting up a student volunteer program under RMIT LEAD
RMIT LEAD provides accreditation for student volunteer programs across the university.
LEAD stands for Learn, Engage, Aspire, Develop. It reflects the values of the university by fostering co-curricular learning opportunities that enable students to:
- make a difference to individuals and communities
- feel connected to the RMIT community
- explore, test and fulfill their potential
- become skilled, and highly employable graduates.
RMIT LEAD provides formal recognition of the valuable contribution that student volunteers make.
Eligible students receive a certificate signed by the Vice-Chancellor and a line in their transcript acknowledging their contribution to student life at RMIT.
All LEAD-accredited programs provide students with:
- five hours of specialised training
- structured and defined volunteering activities (a minimum 15 hours).
There are a wide range of LEAD accredited programs at RMIT visit here to learn more.
If you are interested in learning more about developing a LEAD accredited program please contact the LEAD team to arrange a time to chat about your ideas and start the accreditation process.
Staff will arrange a one on one meeting and guide you through the accreditation process.
In addition, you will be connected with a similar program organiser or champion to gain an insight into the way programs run. LEAD Champions meets twice a year and are provided support and training from the LEAD team.
Student Volunteering and Leadership Officer
Careers and Employability
Tel. +61 3 9925 4199
Before starting the accreditation process it is important to consider if the activities embedded in the program are genuine volunteering.
Generally, activities are genuinely classed as volunteering if:
- no one would be paid to do the activity if it was not undertaken by a volunteer
- no expectation of employment is created
- there are no negative repercussions if the volunteer chooses not to undertake the activity.
Each LEAD program has a designated “Champion”. The Champion’s role is to:
- coordinate and administer the program
- recruit student volunteers and provide structured training and volunteer activities
- provide ongoing student support and facilitate reflective learning
- approve volunteer training and activity records
- provide data to LEAD staff on those students who have completed the program (for inclusion on the student’s transcript)
- evaluate the program’s effectiveness following conclusion of volunteer activities.
All LEAD programs are administered through CareerHub, the Careers and Employability platform which services all students at RMIT.
CareerHub allows the LEAD champions to administer the program online from start to finish via a variety of online forms and reporting tools. Staff can advertise the program to specific cohorts of students and keep in contact with the students participating in the program through tailored email and SMS reminders.
Champions receive training and support to customise the administration of their program through CareerHub.
Please note that LEAD does not provide recognition for:
- student activities that are for credit within academic courses
- programs in which the student receives payment, i.e. the program is not a volunteer one.
Contact LEAD today on: +61 3 9925 4199 or email@example.com to discuss accrediting your program.
Find a full outline of the process in RMIT LEAD Guidelines for Staff. Please note programs are reaccredited every two years.