Skills forecast: New and better skills for the European Fitness sector

EuropeActive, EREPS's parent organisation, attended Cedefop's high-level event about Future of Jobs and Current Challenges on 8th June 2018 in Brussels. During the event Cedefop released the results of its new Skills Forecast. The forecast has been released with a specific focus on the skills needed in different types of jobs. A part of this Forecast was a study, supported by Eurofund, that covered 42 sectors and 41 occupations on three levels with results predicting skills developments until 2030. Cedefop's Acting Director Mara Brugia emphasized the fact that "the goal of forecasting is not to predict the future but to help us to make informed choices to avoid deciding on education and training investments in the dark. Acting proactively is more effective, and often cheaper, than fixing adverse effects at a later stage."

For those not particularly into European politics: Cedefop stands for 'European Centre for the development of Vocational Training'. Another key event on skills that we attended, has been the Festival on the Validation of non-formal and informal learning, jointly organized by the European Commission (DG EMPL) and Cedefop on 14th-15th June in Brussels. This event brought together around 300 practitioners, policy-makers, social partners and youth and civil society organisations to exchange and discuss initiatives and projects in the field. EuropeActive is working within the European Health and Fitness sector on further improving quality, visibility, and recognition of skills and competencies in the EU. A key achievement of the past year has been the demonstration of a referencing process of two European active leisure qualifications (Personal Trainer and Outdoor Animator) against the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

We continue our work towards an official link of sectoral and international qualifications to National Qualification Frameworks and the EQF with the Blueprint project. Within the context of the project, the consortium will e.g. conduct a study on current Active Leisure qualifications in use, its own sectoral skills forecast and the Blueprint for Active Leisure, a long-term strategy to support employability and sectoral developments.

Photo: Nicolas Lobet