A national round table on skills organised in Spain

A national round table on skills organised in Spain

As part of the EOSE Annual Work Programme 2017 to support its national Members, Stephen Studd, EOSE Director of Development, attended a Skills Round Table hosted and led by the Polytechnic University of Madrid on 25 October 2017.

The purpose of the event was to open a dialogue with key stakeholders in the sport and physical activity sector in Spain on the key issues around workforce development in the Sector and to support the University in their role of national coordinator.

Stephen Studd was firstly invited to be a keynote speaker during the Opening Seminar as part of the 8th Semana Deporte Inclusivo.

He made a presentation that encompassed the following key issues: an update on EU policies in relation to Education, Employment, Health and the potential of Sport to act as a driver in each of these areas; the vision, mission and activities of EOSE; the opportunity presented by the ESSA-Sport project to begin a major consultation on employment and skills in the sport and physical activity sector.;  an outline of the 7 Step Model as a potential tool to help reconcile education and training provision with the needs of employment; the potential of Non-Formal and Informal Learning and Learning Mobility in sport.

A second presentation was made by Dr Maria Angeles Perez Corrales, from the statistics section of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport, covering the following key issues: Ministry works with Federations and undertakes an Active Population Survey, has an on-line database of sport organisations and has since 2013 produced an annual report on sport; some statistics from the presentation have been included in the short summary below BUT the Ministry agreed to make this database and information available to the university for use in the ESSA-Sport project.

Other presentations were made by the International Paralympic Committee who outlined their funding support for projects (31) encouraging disability sport, as well as leaders of three other new Erasmus+ projects (DISPLAY – small collaboration for persons with disability playing competitive sport, European Network for Inclusive Badminton, IDEAL – Intellectual Disability and Equal Opportunities for Active and Long-term Participation in Sport).

Three conclusions from the Seminar:

  • Sport has always been a social tool from the earliest days, e.g. the Olympic Games was designed to bring an end to war in Greece, the Paralympics roots come from Stoke Mandeville Hospital, bringing those injured from World War 2 back through rehabilitation and into performance sport.
  • Sport is competing within itself for the attention and money of the active population. INCLUSIVE activity is the key to attracting more inactive people and embedding this into management and customer facing policy in all sport facilities. The UFIT project (in which EOSE and the University were partners) preaches and promotes this message.
  •  A review of employment and skills was important and there was support for the participation of Spain in the EOSE led ESSA-Project.

As a closure to the seminar, the offer was made to key stakeholders to join a closed stakeholder meeting to discuss the plans for the ESSA Skills and Employment research. These stakeholders returned for a closed session at the end of the afternoon.

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During this closed session, meant to be a stakeholders round table, Stephen explained the opportunity of the ESSA-Sport research project and the role of the University in facilitating the consultation and undertaking the desk research.

The participants confirmed their support and willingness to form the core of a stakeholder group. In particular, the Ministry of Education Culture and Sport agreed to share their research and statistics,  INCUAL (the National Qualifications Authority) agreed to provide data on the education and VET systems.

There are two current and urgent issues under review in Spain.

  • There is a conflict between the vocational qualification structure developed through INCUAL and the sport system.
  • The Universities are required to review and rationalise their degree programmes.

The participants were keen that the ESSA-Sport project could provide a vehicle for consultations and could offer methods and examples from other countries who have or are tackling similar issues.

EOSE looks forward to moving this work forward as part of the ESSA project to produce a national report on employment and skills in sport and action plan for Spain led by the University research team and with the full involvement of the key sector representatives.

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