EOSE Expertise

European Observatoire of Sport and Employment

With the support of its network of members and partners, EOSE has been able to cement its position in the sector as a sustainable, independent, non-profit civil society membership association and become recognised as an expert organisation acting as a focus for skills and workforce development in the sport and physical activity sector across Europe.



A Focus on skills and workforce
development initiatives

EOSE is working to pursue its overall vision for the sector and to provide a range of services and activities based on significant experience and expertise:

As an Adviser

Providing advice on the identification of the realities of the sector as well as priority actions to be implemented.

As a Partner

Leading or providing support and expertise to implement national and/or EU/Int. projects.

As a Facilitator

Supporting exchanges and debates between key stakeholders from the sector at the national and EU level.

As a Consultancy

Commissioned to undertake a range of services and provide expert support in various specialist areas.

As a Networker

Using its networks to expand the reach and impact of project work and the use of innovative tools.

The areas of Expertise

EOSE has developed a reputation and built-up respect in the field of education and employment in sport through the delivery of a successful series of transnational and innovative projects.

Research and analysis


Labour Market Intelligence, research strategies, questionnaire design and analysis

Project development and management


Project development, design, management and administration

EU policies and new initiatives


Particularly at European level, in education, employment and sport

Technical expertise
in identifying


Occupational and functional mapping, Competence Standards development, Qualification design

Workforce development planning


Developing strategic approaches to ensure the involvement of people with the right skills

and education


Systems analysis

    “Sport: all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels”

    Definition from the Council of Europe

    7 Step Model


    To respond to the education and training challenges of the sector and ensure that the sector delivers its potential, EOSE has developed a co-ordinated response entitles the Lifelong Learning Strategy for Sport and Physical Activity (7 Step Model).


    The first step consists of conducting Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) to collect data from various sources using a range of techniques to be able to understand the characteristics of the sector and its current labour market (paid and unpaid), to assess the potential for growth and change and to identify the priorities areas.

    It aims at:

    • Assess how well the labour market is functioning and the appropriateness of VET systems
    • Identify the potential for growth and future skills priorities
    • Highlight the strongest needs of employers and the labour market.

    This can be considered as the starting point for the development of occupational standards and qualifications or training programmes aimed at developing the priority occupations in the workforce.


    Step 2 is a natural progression from Step1 and all data collected about the labour market can be used to inform the Occupational
    Map. Both Steps can be combined to provide a comprehensive and concise overview of the sector, the employment related issues
    and the common job roles and key occupational areas.

    It aims at:

    • Provide context and background for the development of Occupational Standards and Education and Training strategies
    • Provide a concise and comprehensive overview of the sector or sub-sector or individual sport
    • Mapping of the key occupational areas and common job roles in an industry/sector, a sub-sector or an individual sport
    • Identify the key occupations and job roles, trends and challenges affecting the workforce
    • Track the economic contribution of the sector, and impact on wider social agendas.

    The Occupational Map contributes to the context and background for the development of Occupational Standards and Education and Training strategies for a sector, a sub-sector or an occupation.


    Step 3 of 7 Step Model consists of developing occupational descriptors for the main occupations and job roles in the
    sector/sub-sector or individual sport identified within the Occupational Map.

    The aim of this step is to :

    • Identify key tasks, skills and attributes which relate to a specific occupation
    • Provide a breakdown of knowledge, qualifications and career routes
    • Development of occupational descriptors for main occupations and job roles
    • Discern a common title for roles that are essentially similar and identify commonality.

    Occupational descriptors identify key tasks, skills and attributes which relate to a specific occupation as well as knowledge, qualifications and career routes, and therefore become a useful reference point for the development of occupational standards and qualifications and identifying career routes


    The Functional Map is a graphic representation that describes the work activities taking place across an occupational sector or a specific sport.

    Indeed, Functional Maps may be developed with different initial levels:

    • an occupational sector (e.g. Health and Fitness, Outdoors)
    • a specific sport (e.g. Golf, Basketball, Tennis)
    • a specific occupation (e.g. Coaches, Referees).

    It aims at:

    • Include a complete breakdown of all functions carried out by individuals
    • Provide a starting point for the formulation of Occupational Standards

    Functional maps set out a framework from which occupational standards can be drawn and developed but they are not the occupational standards themselves.


    The Competence Framework is made up of Occupational Standards which are units of competence which describe the skills and knowledge necessary to work in a sector. 

    The Occupational Standards are an extension of the Functional Map where each “key function” is simply broken down further to a level which describes what individuals in any occupation should be able to do, the standard they should achieve and the knowledge and understanding they need.

    The Competence Framework is meant to:

    • Outline the minimum core competences, knowledge and skills required
    • Set a benchmark by which training organisations can measure their qualifications and training courses
    • Ensure training providers provide individuals with labour market relevant skills and competences

    Step 6 is the point in the strategy where there is cross over from the area of employment to the area of education. The guide to Qualifications and Learning Outcomes (“the set of competence, skills and knowledge an individual acquires and/or is able to demonstrate after completion of a learning process” CEDEFOP, 2003) describes the guidance from the sector to education and training providers and national qualifications authorities concerning the development of learning programmes which help people reach the competence required for employment in the sector (matching the requirements in the occupational standards).

    It is meant to:

    • Provide a reference point to ensure there is a link between education and employment
    • Allow training providers to create units of learning in line with Occupational Standards
    • Provide a guide to teaching, credit and assessment strategies

    When looking at a sector as a whole, it is essential that there is trust and confidence from all stakeholders in the education and skills development system.

    The last step of the LLL Strategy is embedding a crucial process that shall:

    • Ensure the efficient implementation of VET systems. It is directly related to the “verification” and “accreditation” of qualifications being delivered by training or education providers.
    • Promote confidence amongst employers, professionals, providers and the public Ensure education and training providers issuing certificates are subjected to a quality assurance process that can be trusted to ensure consistency.

    “We have been delighted to continue work with EOSE in 2022 on the EDUGOLF project to update and develop new standards and modernise education for golf professionals. We appreciate the project management of EOSE and the EOSE 7 Step Model which provides a structure for the standards and training material we need to reform golf education.“

    Ian Randell,
    Chief Executive, Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG)

    “WADA is currently engaging with EOSE to support the development of their new Global Learning and Development Framework. With EOSE’s many years of expertise in workforce development, professional or occupational standards creation within the sport sector, their experience and insight is adding value to our work. We also respect the independent view that the EOSE staff bring and their contribution has been professional and extremely supportive.”

    Amanda Hudson,
    Education Director, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

    “Leeds Beckett University has been part of the EOSE family for almost 10 years. We have been delighted to play our part in European projects that promote cross-border cooperation and mutual learning. We look forward to continued collaboration with our European neighbours under the knowledgeable guidance of our EOSE colleagues.“

    Stephen Robson,
    Course Director, Leeds Beckett University

    It is a great honour to be a member of EOSE! The EOSE team coordinates and contributes perfectly to various sports projects. They have very strong organisational and documentation skills. It is very inspiring to work with the EOSE team on the current Erasmus+ V4V project. Thanks to them, many new skills and knowledge can be obtained. Being a member of EOSE facilitates access to a large international network in the field of sport.

    Heidi Pihlak,
    Office Manager/Project Manager , The Estonian Foundation of Sports Education and Information

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