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In June 2018, EuropeActive travelled to meetings in Rome and Warsaw to share experiences related to sectoral skills and qualifications in the European Health and Fitness sector.

On 6 June, 2018 Member of the European Parliament Martina Dlabajova hosted the event on Social mobility- – how can we increase opportunities through training and education- in the European Parliament. The panel discussion was jointly organized by ACCA, PwC, European Movement International, and the European Youth Forum and brought together representatives from the EU institutions, civil society organisations and the private sector.

One of EuropeActive’s projects in its key area “Skills, education and qualifications” is coming to an end. The SIQAF project has been running for 22 months and will be concluded in summer 2018. The task force composed of Active Leisure and qualifications experts and stakeholders came together for their last meeting on Tuesday, 22th May 2018 in Brussels to discuss the final findings and the report.

On April 12, 2018 the EU member states delivered all 10 actions announced under the Skills Agenda for Europe, launched in June 2016. The last action was the adoption of the European Commission's proposal to revise the Europass framework.

The 2-year EU-funded action SIQAF (Sectoral & International Qualification Framework to the EQF) enters its last term.

Transparency and recognition of all types of skills and qualifications are necessary to enable people in Europe access opportunities of being truly mobile between employment and learning, or within and between countries. Over the past 10 years, the European Commission together with the EU member states has been working on implementing and further developing the European Qualification Framework (EQF).

EuropeActive attended the conference Linking the Learning Journey, organised by the national qualifications framework for Scotland (SCQF) on February 22, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. The event was attended by ~180 participants from different schools, colleges, and training providers from the public and private sector to showcase all aspects of the Framework demonstrating its scope and flexibility as a tool to facilitate lifelong learning.

Under the new EU Sport Work Programme the first Expert Group for Skills and Human Resources Development in Sport took place in Bath, UK on 21-22 February. The Group comprises experts from the Member States and invited observers and speakers to contribute to the topics of the meeting.

The recent letter from Antonio Tajani, the President of the European Parliament, has added weight and encouragement for EuropeActive to continue along its pathway to develop the systems and processes to make sure that fitness professionals have the future skills and qualifications to support the growth of the sector.

According to a Europe-wide survey of PT skills, revealed at EuropeActive's 2017 International Standards Meeting (ISM), around 35% of European fitness operators are not satisfied with skills PTs possess.

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