Suffolk Workforce Strategy is launched: Developing a Workforce Fit for the Future
Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2019 16:27
Last week saw the exciting new launch of the Suffolk Workforce Strategy (2019-2024), a strategic plan for the development of Suffolk's Physical Activity Workforce, at an engaging event at Ufford Park, Woodbridge.
The Workforce Strategy outlines Suffolk's collective vision to develop a highly skilled, motivated and diverse workforce, equipped to meet the physical activity needs of Suffolk communities. It delivers a fundamental shift in who makes up the sport and physical activity workforce, acknowledging not only members of the traditional sport workforce such as clubs, coaches and volunteers, but also those who work in the health, education and wellbeing sectors.
The strategy focuses on two main strategic priorities:
1. A broader workforce enabling people in Suffolk to lead active lives
2. A workforce that better meets the physical activity needs of everyone in Suffolk
The development of the strategy was a highly a collaborative process, consisting of a series of consultations between stakeholders and partners.
Suffolk Sport, as the strategic lead organisation for the physical activity and sport workforce, will now provide ongoing communication, leadership, coordination and resources to all other organisations as the development of the workforce continues going forward.
The launch of the strategy was attended by representatives from key sport and physical activity partners, including leisure operators, local authorities, the health sector and national governing bodies. Wayne Bavin from BBC Radio Suffolk hosted the event, and attendees heard interesting keynote speeches from Richard Neal, CEO of the Suffolk FA, Katie Bavester of Bavester Associates, as well as three volunteers who shared their experiences from their work on a number of local Suffolk Sport projects: This Girl Can, Topleader and Fit Villages.