Online Induction >> Volunteer Induction
Published 04/05/2022

Volunteer Induction
- Guide for Volunteer Inductions

A volunteer induction helps ensure that any volunteers who are working in your workplace are properly inducted on important safety, HR, policies, procedures and other critical job ready topics to ensure they are properly prepared for their job role or activity and that they are aware of these areas to work safely in their job role.

Volunteer inductions are best done before the volunteer starts their job activity and in todays world, they are best delivered online so that they can be completed remotely and before they arrive on site. A volunteer induction may be referred to as a Volunteer Orientation in regions such as the US and Canada.

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Common areas in a Volunteer Induction

Regardless of the type of volunteer organisation, the goals are often the same for what volunteers need to progress through in their induction.

- HR requirements such as collecting the next of kin / emergency contact information for volunteers in the event of an emergency on site
- Collecting job ready documentation that volunteers need to provide you as part of their engagement into your organisation
- Progressing through important safety induction content to ensure volunteers know how to work safely on site and are aware of safety policies and procedures
- Site access: how do volunteers access the workplace, are there specific site access requirements?
- Medical and illness history: prescreening volunteers about any conditions or illness history that could affect their role or the health of anyone else in the workplace
- Inducting volunteers on risks and hazards that are present in the workplace
- Check lists on important policies and procedures to acknowledge online
- Evacuation procedures
- Site specific induction content as part of a site induction
- Assessments to make sure they understand all important topics

Delivering a Volunteer Induction Online

When you deliver a volunteer induction online, you can broadcast it out to all volunteers, current and future quickly and easily via an online induction link. All the volunteers have to do is register and progress through the induction. Using the Induction app, volunteers could also complete the induction on their tablet or phone as well. This is perfect for volunteers who are remote and on the go in the field that need quick and fast access to content, materials and inductions.

Registry of volunteers inducted

A critical piece is of course being able to produce a registry of everyone who has completed a volunteer induction. What induction did they do, for which sites, when, how long is it valid for and are they fully compliant. This historical record can be used to show that your volunteer workforce is job ready and that they were properly inducted into the workplace and their job role.

Automatic Re-Inductions

Commonly an annual re-induction is required for all volunteers still active and engaged in the workplace to ensure they remain up to date. Things change, workplaces evolve, procedures are updated, new hazards are in the workplace and there are new risks to workers. It's important to make sure volunteers remain up to date in order to work safely.

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