ENAS was invited among a select group of European sport organsiations to become a part of the ESSA Sport project – A European Sector Skills Alliance for Sport and Physical Activity – European Expert Advisory Board.
Funded by the European Commission under Erasmus+ Key Action 2 “European Sector Skills Alliances call (Lot 1)”, the ESSA-Sport project strives to deliver the first Europe-wide Employment and Skills map for the whole sport and physical activity sector.
ESSA-Sport is a research and consultation project and a major opportunity for the sector to work collaboratively to identify the skills needed to ensure the on-going success of the sector and in turn to encourage an increasingly active, healthy and inclusive Europe.
The project aims to engage for the first time, the whole sport and physical activity sector at both the EU and national level to deliver the first EU-wide Employment and Skills map. Expectations of the sector are rising with national governments aiming for improved levels of health through sport and physical activity, and for sport and physical activity to be at the heart of social integration and to improve the employability of young people through the education and personal development it offers.
New businesses and jobs are being created, and new skills are needed for professionals and the huge army of volunteers that lies at the heart of the sector in order to match the changing expectation from the labour market.
ESSA-Sport offers the sport and physical activity sector a unique opportunity to build a partnership for quality research and consultation, to identify realities, trends and challenges facing the sector, and to undertake the first real analysis of labour market and skills needs and priorities based on a national “bottom-up” approach.
Indeed, the structure of the project is built around a wide network of national organisations acting as researchers and coordinators who will work with stakeholders in Member States to carry out deskresearch activities and deep consultation, and to produce national reports analysing the employment situation, skill needs and priorities to be implemented for the sector.
The project will research available sources of national statistics to define and understand the sport and physical activity labour market across the member states and will also conduct a major online survey across Europe to identify the skill needs of employers.
Wide consultation activities will take place with the active support of European network
organisations and national sector representatives to finalise a European strategic action plan with detailed and concrete priorities and recommendations to help ensure education, training and qualifications are geared towards the realities of the sector.
It must be emphasised that ESSA-Sport is a research project that can create the conditions for change and improvement but does not in itself deliver that change. It should be seen as the first step of the journey to provide the basis for a coordinated approach to analyse the changing labour market and develop solutions to re-skill the workforce with modern, fit for purpose training and qualifications.
Main expected outputs:
- A project leaflet
- The first EU wide Employment and Skills map of the sport and physical activity sector across the 28 Member States
- Development of national stakeholder groups
- A European Strategic Skills Action Plan (priorities/recommendations) to help ensure education, training and qualifications are geared to the realities of the sector
- Creation of a EU Sector Skills Alliance as a sustainable mechanism
ENAS, in its role to support the development of the ESSA-project, will depend upon the members to provide vital information to feed in to National as well as European surveys on skills needs and developments and will actively disseminate the results of the project.