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SkillsActive and the Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA) have teamed up to launch a new workforce development initiative.

The scheme will look to outline the skills and training needed within the sports and play sector and to provide a 'road map' for their delivery.

The initiative will be divided into two phases. The first phase will look to identify the size, scope and demographics of the sports and play sector as a whole - as well as measure and analyse the sector's specialist workforce and its training needs.

Data collection will be undertaken using a combination of an online survey, focus groups and one-to-one meetings with SAPCA members and other industry professionals.

Following the data collection, a second phase will then be launched, during which SkillsActive will analyse the information and create a workforce map.

The map will then outline and provide the basis for the industry's future educational programme.

Ian Taylor, CEO of SkillsActive, said: "The higher the standard and the greater the quantity of data that we are able to collect at this stage, the more suited the long-term outcome will be for the industry as a whole.

"We urge all sports and play construction industry professionals to get involved with this initiative."

SAPCA chair Eric Page added: "We strongly believe that 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 of use, from grassroots through to elite standards of competition and training."

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SkillsActive and the Sports and Play Construction Association (SAPCA) have teamed up to launch a new workforce development initiative.
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