On the week of September 10th, ENSE was proud to host the third meeting of EuropeActive’s Blueprint for Active Leisure project at the German Sports University in Cologne.
The project focuses on developing new skills for current and future workers, improving employability of young people, and supporting entrepreneurship and growth across the sector.
Concretely, that means mapping out the current qualifications in the Active Leisure sector, identifying the skill gaps in the existing market, developing certification pathways, and working with various industry stakeholders. A total of eight partner organisations – including fellow ENSE member the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE) – are therefore working on a range of studies and consultations to generate knowledge and buy-in for the project. As such, the third meeting the third meeting this year was focused on the individual activities of the partners, including a review of qualifications, skills foresight, the establishment of a certifying body, and the use of Active Leisure to promote youth employability. Ultimately, these activities combine to deliver improved, increasingly relevant qualifications that are recognized on a European-wide basis.
The Blueprint project started in January 2018 and is co-funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme. It continues the work started with the SIQAF project (2016-2018). Both projects have the goal to support the sector and increase employment through skills development and recognition.
First results of studies and project activities are expected early summer 2019, while the next project meeting is schedule for March 2019 and will be hosted by ICCE in Leeds.