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Raising the Bar research programme and stakeholder group


The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) have announced a new partnership with Future Fit Training to extend their “Raising the Bar” research work, which has sought to raise the standards and quality of training in the sector since 2014. Sport England have asked CIMSPA and Future Fit to collaborate on this project as part of their sport and physical activity workforce development strategy.

The revamped Raising the Bar project will continue to research employer and training provider views on the validity and impact that current training and development strategies have on the sport and physical activity workforce, and explore how this insight can be leveraged into action.

The project will bring together a wide-range of employers and training providers across the sport, health and fitness sector within a new CIMSPA Raising the Bar Stakeholder Group.

 
We are now capturing expressions of interest from organisations and individuals looking to join the stakeholder group – full details and application form below.
 



Stakeholder group - terms of reference


Scope


The Raising the Bar Stakeholder Group, funded by Sport England and commissioned by CIMSPA, is an extension of the Raising the Bar research work carried out by Future Fit Training. CIMSPA is working with Future Fit Training to further research employer and training provider views on the validity and impact that current training and development strategies have on the sport and physical activity workforce and explore how this insight can be leveraged into action.

Vision


CIMSPA and Future Fit Training will convene regular gatherings of the stakeholder group and challenge these organisations to share best practice and foster innovation.


Aim


To foster a more collaborative culture among key organisations leading training and education inside the sector, to commit to collective improvement and to share knowledge and resources.

Focus


Key areas of focus for the group will include:
  • How the training industry can be at the forefront of improving sector workforce diversity.
  • How the sector can modernise its approach to learning and development.
  • The role that the training industry can play in improving ongoing learning and development.
  • How the sector can recruit more young people into apprenticeships.

Membership


The project will bring together a wide-range of employers and training providers across the sport, health and fitness sector. Meetings will take place four times a year over the initial period of two years and each meeting will result in the production of a white paper, which will seek to report and find solutions to improve the quality of training and education and shape the future of our workforce.

Membership will consist of CIMSPA Training Provider Partners (funded and non-funded provision), CIMSPA Employer Partners and individual CIMSPA members. As it is employers who have the highest influence on ensuring the positive impact of our professional workforce on activity levels, the ultimate focus will be on employer needs and therefore CIMSPA Employer Partners will form the majority of the group.

For further information on the group, contact hayley.robinson@futurefit.co.uk

 
SPORT ENGLAND
“As part of our desire to strive for a more customer focused workforce that is recognised for its professionalism, it is fantastic to be working in partnership with CIMSPA and Future Fit Training to take 'Raising the Bar' to the next level.”

Stuart Armstrong, Head of Coaching, Sport England
 



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