EOSE presenting at sport conference in India

EOSE presenting at sport conference in India

EOSE Director of Standards, Ben Gittus, recently attended a major conference about the business of sports in India to promote skills development in the sector.

TURF 2013, 5th Global Sports Summit”, held in New Delhi on 23rd and 24th of October, is a sports industry conference organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, known as FICCI. The event gathered Indian and international experts deliberating on challenges and opportunities in business of sports in India with a focus on linking education to employability by institution capacity building and improving sports and physical education in India.

Sport in India is going through a phase of growth which has seen an increase in start-up sport businesses and a desire to get people active and achieve at the elite level on the international stage.
As well as an increased focus on sport in India, there is also an increased focus on skills.  The National Skills Development Corporation has been tasked to increase the skill levels of Indians across all industry sectors.  One of the key initiatives of the NSDC is to establish Sector Skills Councils.

FICCI have been playing an active role in the promotion of skills development and careers in sports and in recent years have published papers on “sport as a full time career” and “importance of sports in education”. During 2013 FICCI have been working with partners to develop a bid to set up a Sector Skills Council (SSC) for sports In May of this year EOSE, along with SkillsActive UK, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with FICCI to provide international support for the development of the SSC.

Ben was invited to be a speaker at TURF 2013 and the session he presented at focussed on the concept, activities and benefits of a Sector Skills Council. Ben focussed his presentation on the EOSE 7 Step Model which provides the basis for Sector Skills Council activity.  A “vision document” was also launched at the event outlining what the SSC in sports will do, if it gets the approval and funding to be established in 2014.

Ben, who has been to the last three TURF events, said “It’s great to go back to India each year and see the focus on skills development in sport and sport as a career, the key word for Indian sport is potential, and with the focus on workforce development it may not be long before that potential is realised for all to see on the world stage”.

EOSE is pleased to offer its support to the development of the sector in India.

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