SkillsActive in Scotland and its partners are making good progress delivering the workforce for the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy, according to the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport.
SkillsActive in Scotland established the Active Scotland Workforce Development Group in 2009 to ensure Scotland had the right workforce to deliver the Commonwealth Games Legacy of a more active Scotland. It consists of a range of sport and physical activity employers, government agencies and training providers.
SkillsActive in Scotland manager Pam Scott says the group recently submitted a Status Report on the progress that the Group was making to Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport and received a very positive response.
• welcomed the progress made in identifying the skills gaps and shortages within the physical activity and sports workforce both paid and voluntary.
• noted sport has an immediate attractiveness for most young people but it is important that we employ the right people with the right skills which will have an impact on their career and more importantly keep them physically active.
• acknowledged that the Development Model works towards meeting the challenges of skilling the workforce and ensuring the appropriate and realistic qualifications are in place to ensure priority areas such as volunteering and coaching are fit for purpose.
Ms Robison then added that it was “important people working in sport and physical activity have a greater knowledge and understanding of health issues relating to specific client groups and is encouraged by the co-operation of employers and training providers in taking this forward”
Pam says Ms Robison set out several next steps for the group, which they will consider at their next meeting on December 9.
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It has focussed the spotlight on the capacity of the sector to deliver a successful event with a sustainable legacy for sport, as well as the broader legacy using sport and the inspiration of the Games.
To achieve these twin aims, a skilled workforce is essential. SkillsActive will use the Games as a catalyst for change and as a cornerstone of our work.
SkillsActive and the Nancy Ovens Trust expect applicants to create and tailor their training to develop new and improved skills for use in their current role.
Previous successful applicants have used the bursary to take their careers to a new level by working with highly experienced individuals in their field, such as elite coaches, or by gaining experience in a new industry setting.
All training should be undertaken outside of an individual’s day to day role.
Applications for the Nancy Ovens bursary 2012 are now closed.
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Nancy Ovens MBE was a board member of SkillsActive’s predecessor organisation SPRITO and an enthusiastic supporter of education, training and skills development in the sector. Nancy championed work-based skills development in sport and leisure and helped make major improvements to services.
Nancy’s family, friends and colleagues established the Nancy Ovens Trust after she passed away to celebrate her work with young people.
Visit the Nancy Ovens Trust website to learn more about the trust.
For more information about the bursary please email