EOSE Represented at Global Skills Conference

EOSE Represented at Global Skills Conference

On the 26th and 27th November 2015 Cedefop, the EU agency which supports the development of vocational education and training (VET), held a conference on the impact of globalisation.  The conference gathered over 100 participants from over 30 countries, including Australia, New Zealand and India, and more than 20 European federations, associations and international companies to share views on how to develop VET for a globalised economy.

Some of the main issues covered at the conference included how international standards are used to broaden national qualifications and to influence VET content, and the opportunities offered by international qualifications to strengthen employability.

Ben Gittus, EOSE Director of Standards, represented EOSE at the conference and presented in a workshop on the topic of “Sport qualifications in Europe: managing the expectations of national qualifications frameworks and international federations”.  Ben’s presentation described the situation in Europe of international standards and qualifications developed by sport federations being implemented at the national level and the impact and links to emerging national qualifications frameworks.  Ben in particular discussed the work of the European commission Sport Unit’s Expert Group for Human Resource Management who have a focus on this issue.  Ben’s presentation was well received and parallels were drawn by participants with other sectors.

On the second day the conference concluded with the view that in a globalised context, where different forms of VET provision and qualifications appear and new players (international sectoral bodies, multinational companies) provide training and award qualifications, national authorities must set the right conditions for quality assurance to strengthen trust and credibility of these sectoral, international solutions.

EOSE is delighted to be partners with Cedefop and to be invited and contribute to conferences such as this.  Cedefop see the sport sector and the work of EOSE as leading the way sector reform and development of VET at the European level.  EOSE looks forward to continuing to support and work in partnership with Cedefop in to the future.


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