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SAPCA is looking to raise the quality of training in the sports and play construction industry


Training plan needs input from all involved in building sports and play facilities


The sports and play construction industry celebrates new workforce development initiative with SkillsActive


The UK sports and play facility construction industry has launched a new initiative with SkillsActive – the Sector Skills Council for ac- tive leisure, learning and wellbeing – which will identify the size, scope and demographics of the industry as a whole. The project, which is be- ing undertaken jointly with the Sports and Play Foundation, and is fully supported by the Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA), will measure and analyse the industry’s specialist workforce and training needs, providing the basis for the industry’s future educational programme. The Sports and Play Foundation is a regis- tered charity, created by SAPCA, to develop and promote education and training for the indus- try. SAPCA is the recognised trade association, whose 230 members are specialists in the design, construction and maintenance of sports and play facilities across the UK. SAPCA’s role is to raise standards throughout the industry, in order to provide the high quality facilities needed at all levels of sport, physical activity, recreation and play. SAPCA wholeheartedly supports training and education for the industry’s workforce, in co-operation with SkillsActive. The data collection for this initiative will take place over the coming months, utilising an online


survey, focus groups, and one-to-one meetings with SAPCA members and other industry pro- fessionals operating within the specialist sport and play construction sector.


SkillsActive chief executive, Ian Taylor, said: “We urge all sports and play construction industry professionals to get involved in this initiative. The greater the quantity and quality


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of data that we are able to collect at this stage, the more valuable the long-term outcome will be for the industry as a whole.”


Once all data has been collected it will be


analysed by SkillsActive and a workforce map produced. The second phase of the initiative will


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involve building a plan for the future develop- ment of all members of the sector. SkillsActive and the Sports and Play Foundation will present recommendations for the future to SAPCA’s board members in September 2013. Peter Grimshaw, chair of the Sports and Play Foundation, said: “The Sports and Play Founda- tion is passionate about raising the quality of training for our industry’s workforce. To do this effectively we need to understand the ac- tual, as opposed to perceived, training needs within sports and play construction, across all levels of site operatives and management. Only then can we create, implement and promote a comprehensive training programme. Training is vital to ensure that sports and play construction is recognised as a separate, specialist activity, clearly differentiated from the general construc- tion industry.”


SAPCA chair, Eric Page, added: “Education and


training is central to the continued improvement of sports and play facilities and the long-term success of the industry. A thriving industry with a highly-skilled workforce is also essential for the future success of British sport, post London 2012, helping to ensure that high quality sports and play facilities are available for all levels.”


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