EOSE is the applicant and coordinator, and will work with a supporting partnership of 18 national partners and 5 European networks to deliver this exciting and challenging project. Both social partners, UNI Europa Sport and EASE are partners.
The project aims to engage for the first time, the whole sport and physical activity sector at both the EU and national level to deliver the first EU-wide Employment and Skills map. The ESSA-Sport offers the sport and physical activity sector a unique opportunity to build a partnership for quality research and consultation, to identify realities, trends and challenges facing the sector and to undertake the first real analysis of labour market and skills needs and priorities based on a national “bottom-up” approach.
Indeed, the structure of the project is built around a wide network of national organisations acting as researchers and coordinators who will work with stakeholders in Member States to carry out desk research activities and deep consultation, and to produce national reports analysing the employment situation, skill needs and priorities to be implemented for the sector.
The project will research available sources of national statistics to define and understand the sport and physical activity labour market across the member states and will also conduct a major online survey across Europe to identify the skill needs of employers.
It must be emphasised that ESSA-Sport is a research project that can create the conditions for change and improvement but does not in itself deliver that change. It should be seen as the first step of the journey to provide the basis for a coordinated approach to analyse the changing labour market and develop solutions to re-skill the workforce with modern, fit for purpose training and qualifications.
The action will run until October 2019 and is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme.