The debate on the future of skills has reached the fitness sector – what kind of competencies will fitness instructors and trainers need in the next five or ten years? Labour markets are changing rapidly; emergent technologies, changing demographics and more flexible work relationships have a strong impact on the relevance of skills and knowledge of professionals.
Whilst clients become more informed and more demanding, the expectations on fitness professionals are increasing. EuropeActive’s recent work in the field of skills foresight aims to find answers to the emerging questions from the changing demands and environments for instructors and trainers.
Skillset and Match is Cedefop’s magazine promoting learning for work, published for download three times per year. January’s issue includes, among other articles, the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET), success stories in VET, and use of EU policy tools such as the European skills index.
Regarding this issue, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills & Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, describes the future of VET as “high-quality opportunities for all to prosper in society (…) to help all individuals, young or adult, to develop their full potential. It should provide a highly skilled workforce for companies to raise their productivity and competitiveness.”
The European Center for the development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) provides the EU institutions, member states, employer and trade unions with up-to-date information on developments in VET as well as opportunities for policy debate.