2021, a year of research activities in EOSE new projects

 

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2021, a year of research activities in EOSE new projects

An effective programme of research is essential to provide a solid foundation and act as the first step in developing innovative products to promote skills development in the sport sector. Research in the form of labour market intelligence (LMI) is the first step in the 7 Step Model lifelong learning strategy which EOSE promotes throughout its work.

LMI involves collecting data from various sources using a range of techniques to be able to understand the characteristics of the sector and its current labour market (paid and unpaid), to assess the potential for growth and change and to identify the priorities areas. Some of the aims of conducing LMI research are to:

  • Assess how well the labour market is functioning and the appropriateness of VET systems
  • Identify the potential for growth and future skills priorities
  • Highlight the strongest needs of employers and the labour market.

This can be considered as the starting point for the development of occupational standards, tools for skills development, qualifications and training programmes aimed at developing the priority occupations in the workforce and matching education to the needs of the labour market.

All four projects which began in 2021 and are being coordinated by EOSE are now in the research phase as the first phase of the overall project work plans.

One of the main research activities in each project is to use the extensive knowledge and background of the transnational partners to gather valuable data which they provide as representatives from the sector. This is done through a Partner Desk Research Template where they are asked a series of questions and can supplement this with studies and reports they are aware of. The aim of the desk research is to gather data on relevant legislation, key employers, main occupations, existing standards and qualifications, as well as realities, challenges and trends in the sector.

In each project there is a Work Package Leader for the research phase, often this is an academic institution, and a Research Group which oversees the research activities and produces the draft research report presenting the findings.

We can take a look at each project and the research methods and activities currently being employed.

>> V4V – Analysing and making visible the skills acquired through volunteering in sport in Europe

Output from the research phase

  • A comprehensive mapping of the sport volunteering workforce in Europe

Research activities

  • Desk research and literature review
  • Partner desk research template
  • Interviews with sport volunteers
  • Comprehensive survey of organisations in the sport sector who engage volunteers

More information: www.v4v-sport.eu

>> FORMS – Emerging Forms of Employment in the Sport sector in Europe

Output from the research phase

  • Summary paper on the emerging forms of employment in the sport sector in Europe

Research activities

  • Desk research and literature review
  • Partner desk research template

More information: www.forms-sport.eu

>> EDUGOLF – Modernising education and training to meet the changing skills needs of golf in Europe

Output from the research phase

A Research report on changing realities and tendencies of the golf labour market and education requirements

Research activities

  • Desk research and literature review
  • Partner desk research template
  • Survey of national golf organisations
  • Interviews with employers in golf
  • Focus groups with young people on attitudes to golf

More information: www.edugolf.eu

>> WINS – Raising the growth and participation of female sport officials in Europe

Output from the research phase

  • A European research report on gender and sport officiating

Research activities

  • Desk research and literature review
  • Partner desk research template
  • First ever online survey of female sport officials
  • Interviews with those responsible for officiating in sport federations

More information: www.wins-sport.eu

>>2021 is a year of research activity in these projects, with research reports due to be completed early in 2022. While the research reports will be interesting in their own right, the main purpose and benefit is to inform the following outputs in each project. Across the four projects this includes occupational standards, training handbooks, e-learning modules, self-assessment tools, toolkits, collections of best practice and a mentoring initiative.

The substantial research phase for each project ensures that the innovative and invaluable products which will be developed for the sport sector are genuinely evidence based and firmly linked to the realities and requirements of the sector.  

 
 
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