Words from Ben Gittus
Dear friend of sport,
Globalisation is increasingly having an impact on skills development and qualifications. We see this in the sport sector with the challenge to meet requirements of both national qualifications systems and international federations. I learned how this challenge is mirrored in other sectors at a recent Cedefop conference on the impact of globalisation on vocational education and training. Fortunately, this topic is being given a focus at the European level with mapping and concrete solutions being put in place to help meet the challenges and foster a global approach to skills.
EOSE has experience of the global skills systems in sport and active leisure and has promoted common understanding and approaches. For example, we have made study visits to Sector Councils in Australia and New Zealand, supported mapping of international rugby coaching qualifications, and actively supported qualification development and professional registration in the Middle East.
Of course a main outcome of globalisation is mobility of skills and jobs – supporting sport sector workers as they develop their professional careers. Sharing best practice can also enhance developments in Europe. It is clear globalisation is here to stay and I believe if we embrace the opportunities this can be of benefit to the sector as a whole.
EOSE Director of Standards