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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 14 APRIL - 27 APRIL 2015 ISSUE 656 Daily news & jobs: CIMSPA and SkillsActive plan skills development future

Physical activity sector skills bodies will meet in the coming weeks to discuss the future of industry learn- ing and development, amid growing calls for these responsibilities to sit under a single organisation. Te recent ukactive-led Active

Training Conference in Reading saw SkillsActive and CIMSPA – the sector’s key training and work- force development organisations – answer calls from employers for a unified outlook on skills. As a result, the organisations’

heads will meet in the coming weeks to discuss these demands under three guiding principles: custodianship of standards and the framework for skills to sit within one body; a con- tinuum of training provision across Further Education and Higher Education; and a min- imum standard for assessment and delivery protocol across all qualifications within the sector. Tere has recently been growing support for reform of learning and development in the

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CIMSPA chief Tara Dillon speaks at the recent Active Training Conference

physical activity sector. A coalition of lead- ing leisure employers are now developing apprenticeship standards under the ongoing Trailblazer project and many have called for a greater emphasis on employer-led learning and development for the sector as a whole.

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luxury tree houses, the Enchanted Village offers an alternate style of accommodation to Alton Towers’ existing two hotels. “Te long-term strategy of Alton Towers is

to become the UK’s number one short-break destination,” said Katherine Duckworth, head of marketing at Alton Towers speaking to Leisure Opportunities. “At the moment we’ve got two hotels and by building lodges it causes

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Alton Towers’ new Enchanted Village accommodation

consumers to think about you in a different way. In line with that we’re installing new things to do such as our high ropes course to give people other reasons to visit than just the theme park.” Details:

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A number of active leisure employ-

ers feel the current learning and development structure – whereby skills development sits under more than one body – is diluting training standards and making it difficult for young people to follow clear career pathways in the sector. SkillsActive is licensed as the

Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, but this status has recently been called into question by those advocating change. In January, 16 of the Trailblazer employers signed a letter sent to Sport England – of which SkillsActive is a national partner – and three other relevant bodies, calling for sector skills and development to be brought

solely under the umbrella of CIMSPA. Leisure Opportunities understands the

letter was discussed informally between Sport England and SkillsActive. A spokesperson for Sport England confirmed it is currently looking into the matter. Continued on page 18

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