EOSE Members Mid-Term Seminar brings in new ideas

 
EOSE Members Mid-Term Seminar brings in new ideas

Hosted by the Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the European Union, the first ever EOSE Mid-Term Seminar gathered 19 participants from 24 countries on the 15th and 16th of June in Brussels.

This was the occasion for EOSE Secretariat to meet its Members, provide them with updated information, facilitate the networking and most importantly to shape with them future concrete actions.

On day 1, following an overall review of the sector’s realities and challenges and an outline of the EOSE journey (13 year history) meant to set the stage to the newcomers, the Seminar was splited into three distinct sessions: (1) an update on EU policies, tools and initiatives, (2) a capacity building workshop based on inspiring existing projects, EU funding opportunities and hints on project development and (3) a specific presentation of the SASPORT application (European Sector Skills Alliance).

With this very dense programme of presentations, EOSE members were given opportunity to assess the work carried on by EOSE Secretariat since the beginning of the year 2016 and to contribute shaping future initiatives. Indeed the seminar was developed to consult and discuss with them.

This was the occasion to validate with the participants EOSE’s ideal for the sector including updated and consistent labour market information, fit for purpose qualifications and training (cooperation), better sport and healthy lifestyles for all delivered through better skilled people, qualifications delivered nationally based on common standards, enhanced transparency, transferability, mobility as well as volunteering and informal learning valued and recognised.

On day 2, two thematic workshops on learning mobility and the recognition of non-formal and informal learning were organised and the doors were opened to other stakeholders from the institutions (Felix Rohn from the European Commission – DG EMPL, Jens Bjornavold from the Cedefop, Agata Dziarnowska from the European Commission – DG EAC, Sport Unit), the sport sector (Felix Schäfer from the EOC-EU Office, Heidi Pekkola from ENSGO) as well as the civil society (Clothilde Fery from FEDEC – Fédération européenne des écoles de cirque professionnelles, Audrey Frith from the Lifelong Learning Platform) and the academic world (Marc Theeboom from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

This special day was a follow-up of many activities taken up by EOSE since 2013 (from conducting a Feasibility Study to supporting some pilot test of concrete learning mobility activities between members but also survey on existing good practices towards the recognition of NFIL and European Round Table).

The first workshops, back in November 2015, allowed to assess the wide interest from the sector as well as the tremendous opportunities ahead.

For each workshop, keynote presentations were provided by representative of the institutions to set the stage followed by concrete examples of good practices and existing opportunities. The workshops then ended up with world-café group discussion to explore all together some key areas and discuss how the sector could benefit from investment in skills development in the sector through learning mobility and the recognition of non-formal and informal learning.

This event proved to be extremely important for the sector as it allowed a great variety of stakeholders to exchange on some concrete activities to be implemented to improve the situation in the sector. It shall indeed be seen as a basis to go a step further and dig into concrete development.

 

 

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