CIMSPA welcomes Sport England's new professional workforce strategy

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has welcomed the publication of Sport England’s professional workforce strategy - “Working in an Active Nation.”

The strategy’s objectives are to support the sport and physical activity sector’s workforce to become more customer-focused and to be recognised as professional.

Tara Dillon CIMSPA CEO, speaking about the strategy said:

“This bold strategy offers a compelling vision as to how insight, enhanced leadership, diversity and inclusion, a recognised and respected profession and improved career pathways can together build a workforce up for the challenge of ensuring everyone is able to engage in sport and physical activity.

“It is great to see our own workforce development actions align perfectly with the strategy and for CIMSPA to be placed at the heart of the plan to deliver its goals.

“Working together with hundreds of CIMSPA partners we have already made significant progress, including the development of professional standards for key job roles which will allow strong career pathways to be built into and through the sector.

“There are challenging targets in this strategy, and CIMSPA is committed to supporting Sport England deliver these as part of the government’s overall ‘Sporting Future’ vision.”

The strategy places CIMSPA at the centre of sector workforce development, with a mandate to extend the reach of its quality assured training and CPD offer for all sport and physical activity professionals.

Under the new strategy, Sport England’s goals include that:

  • Every sector training provider is working within the CIMSPA endorsement and quality assurance system by 2021.

  • 50% of the workforce will be engaged with CIMSPA-accredited CPD and the the number of CIMSPA employer partners will have doubled, within the same timescale.

  • A new Workforce Diversity Fund will be created to support organisations looking to ensure their workforce reflects the communities it serves.

CIMSPA continues to work closely with home country sports bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to ensure all of the UK’s sport and physical activity professionals benefit from its work.

About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.

FIND OUT MORE: https://www.sportengland.org/

Celebrate the best in the sector with the Active Training Awards

The 2018 Active Training Awards are presented by ukactive, working in partnership with CIMSPA, and supported by Active IQ.

The evening will celebrate the very best in learning and development within the sector as the Active Training Awards enter their fifth year.

Nominations are now open across categories aimed at both organisations and individuals and we are delighted to say that we have a new category to celebrate those who champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The awards dinner will take place on 15 October 2018, at Unique Venues Birmingham in the heart of the city.

Earlier on the event day the Active Training Conference will look at three pivotal topics: Sport England’s new workforce strategy, women in leadership and Today’s Customer.

To find out more and make your entry: go here:
https://www.ukactive.com/active-training-awards/ 
 

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EVENT SUPPORTERS

Award Categories

  • Small Employer of the Year (up to 100 employees)
  • Medium Employer of the Year (101-850 employees)
  • Large Employer of the Year (851+ employees)
  • Training Provider of the Year
  • Learning and Development Supplier of the Year
  • Apprenticeship Provider of the Year
  • Best Innovation
  • Specialist Training Programme of the Year
  • Transformational Leadership Award
  • Outstanding Individual of the Year
  • Inclusion and Diversity Champion of the Year
     

SPONSORED: Active IQ launch new qualification in partnership with EMD UK

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Active IQ has launched a rigorous Level 2 Group Training qualification in partnership with EMD UK, the national governing body for group training to update the original Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification developed over 10 years ago by Skills Active which is now outdated.

The new qualification gives instructors a dynamic, flexible learning path, combining teaching units based on the type of group training they want to teach. Skills to plan and teach Classes - like HIIT, bootcamp and circuits - and Group Training To Music are both included. Exclusive to EMD UK until December 2018, then available widely.

 
 
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Working with People with Long Term Medical Conditions Professional Standard consultation now open

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has today started an open consultation on a forthcoming sector Professional Standard for Working with People with Long Term Medical Conditions (LTMC). 

CIMSPA is calling on organisations and individuals to offer general feedback on the standard’s content.

The rollout of the finished standard will take place later this year. Employers will then have a single point of reference to standardise the recruitment, training and professional development of this kind of specialist role.

The draft Working with people with LTMC CIMSPA Professional Standard can be downloaded at the link below. The same link is also the gateway into the consultation questionnaire. 

The consultation will be open until Friday 7 September. 

Alternatively, we are running three listening consultations for this Professional Standard. These will consist of a short webinar style presentation before we open the floor for your feedback and any questions. The listening sessions will be held on:

  • Friday 24th of August: 12.45 - 13.30
  • Friday 31st of August: 08.00 - 08.45
  • Thursday 6th of September: 17.00 - 17.45

To book a place please contact Natasha Eason via the contact details below. 

We’d encourage everybody to contribute to the consultation by using the survey link provided, even if you attend a listening session, so that we can collect as much of your feedback as possible. 

For full information on the listening sessions or for general information on the consultation please contact our Education and Apprenticeships Officer Natasha Eason using the details listed below.

Natasha Eason
Education and Apprenticeships Officer
natasha.eason@cimspa.co.uk
Mobile: 07741 643066

Personal trainer apprenticeship standard approved for delivery

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) have welcomed the news that the personal trainer apprenticeship standard has been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

The apprenticeship standard has been developed by the sport and physical activity sector’s Professional Development Board – an alliance of employers, education bodies and experts – with operational support from CIMSPA. The green light means that employers can now access up to £4000 in funding for each apprentice personal trainer, either directly or against their levy payments.

This new apprenticeship is an important milestone in raising the status of personal trainers and for many this will provide a career gateway with strong foundations for future professional development.

Employers now have a funded route both to improve the skill set of staff members in the workplace and to attract new talent. The apprenticeship involves a longer qualification period – around 15 months – during which time the team member can keep working and hone their skills. The apprenticeship model also ensures that staff are trained in line with employers’ vision, values, practices and procedures.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: “I’m thrilled this new, high-quality personal trainer apprenticeship has been approved. These apprentices will learn skills to get into a great career and help people towards their health and fitness goals, and get people more active.”

Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships Sir Gerry Berragan said: “Employers and key sector specialists have together developed a personal trainer apprenticeship that will meet employers’ needs and turn out professional trainers of the highest quality. It is great news for people hoping to progress within the fitness industry, and for the many who will benefit from the development of skilled support to meet their health and fitness needs.”

Richard Millard, partnership director at Places Leisure and chair of the Professional Development Board, also welcomed the announcement: “I’d like to thank the many employers and sector experts who have given their time and expertise to this shared endeavour over the last two and a half years.

“Personal trainers who complete this apprenticeship route will be amongst the best qualified in the sector and will have completed a robust, real-world assessment process which accurately reflects the challenges and employer needs of the role.”

The Professional Development Board, which acts as the sport and physical activity sector’s apprenticeship trailblazer, includes representatives from the following organisations:

Places Leisure; GLL; Everyone Active; Virgin Active; Nuffield Health; Fit for Sport; Fusion Lifestyle; David Lloyd Leisure; Watford Borough Council; Jubilee Hall Trust; [EN]GAGE Fitness; The Football Association; Lawn Tennis Association; British Gymnastics; Swim England; Swim England Qualifications; The Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport; Sport England; ukactive; UK Coaching; Public Health England; Association of Colleges; Association of Employment and Learning Providers; Federation of Awarding Bodies.

The full documentation for the personal trainer apprentice standard can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships website here:

Pool Plant Operative Professional Standard consultation now open

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has today started an open consultation on a forthcoming sector professional standard for the role of pool plant operative.

CIMSPA is calling on organisations who manage swimming pool services, as well as other experts, to offer general feedback on the standard’s content, and also to input on the skills needed for the specific technical functions of pool plant operation.

The rollout of the finished standard will take place later this year. Employers will then have a single point of reference to standardise the recruitment, training and professional development of these technical roles.

The draft Pool Plant Operative CIMSPA Professional Standard can be downloaded at the link below. The same link is also the gateway into the consultation questionnaire.

The consultation will be open until Friday 6 July.

If you would like further information on this consultation, please contact:

Natasha Eason
Education and Apprenticeships Officer
natasha.eason@cimspa.co.uk
Mobile: 07741 643066
 

CIMSPA and UK Coaching launch coaching professional standards

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and UK Coaching have today released the first sector professional standards related to coaching in the UK.

The new standards provide an agreed reference point of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of coaching assistants and coaches, and will not only inform the development of future coaching qualifications and training but also support the effective deployment of coaches.

The new Professional Standards for Coach and Coaching Assistant have been developed by employers, supported by CIMSPA, UK Coaching and national organisations such as Association for Physical Education, Youth Sport Trust and ukactiveKIDS, who along with others make up the sector’s Community Sport Professional Development Committee.

Speaking about the new professional standards Emma Atkins, Director of Coaching at UK Coaching said: “UK Coaching welcomes the launch of the first coaching professional standards. This is the start of a new era for coach development, qualifications and training that will give coaches clearer career pathways, a broader range of skills and help create an active nation inspired through great coaching.

“Great coaching puts the person first. The new standards will encourage more people to get involved with learner centred qualifications, embrace informal learning, and will raise awareness of the behaviours required in great coaching practice.

“Our collaborative goal now is to ensure the UK’s sporting bodies are fully supported in exploring how they can engage with professional standards and use them to develop coaches to meet the demands placed on them.”

 
 

Spencer Moore, CIMSPA Director of Strategy added: “CIMSPA would like to thank all members of the committee for their contribution to this important sector-wide project. In particular we are grateful for the expert technical support of UK Coaching in developing these standards.

“Our shared goal is that qualifications and training aligned to these standards will help coaches better engage with the inactive, open up a broad range of coaching opportunities, and allow them to demonstrate their expertise across many coaching contexts.

“We are looking forward to continuing our close partnership working with UK Coaching to realise the potential of agreed professional standards for our sector.”

The development of the Coach and Coaching Assistant standards included direct consultation with a wide range of sporting bodies, before an open consultation with the wider sector.

Also launched today were specialist standards for Safeguarding, Working with Children and Working in the School Environment (Outside of Curriculum). The five new standards are the latest additions to the Professional Standards Matrix led by CIMSPA which, when complete, will provide clear career pathways for sport and physical activity professionals.