Looking Over the Horizon into EMD UK and the ‘Workforce Governance & Registration Scheme Project’
EMD UK CEO Gill Cummings-Bell BA (Hon’s). M.Sc. PGCE. MBA. AMCSP
Gill explains what is coming over the horizon and how EMD UK’s new membership categories and resource centre can support the group exercise instructor workforce. This will help the group exercise instructor meet the demands of the ‘Workforce Governance & Registration Scheme’ when it lands.
What is it?
CIMSPA report that:
Following the 2017 Duty of Care report and strategies including Towards an Active Nation and Uniting the Movement, CIMSPA has been working with Sport England, UK Sport and other organisations to explore a sector-wide approach to Workforce Governance.
This work has the objective of supporting, safeguarding, and regulating the workforce to allow everyone taking part in sport and physical activity to enjoy safe and high-quality experiences, and to be supported in achieving their goals in a positive environment.
Workforce Governance: Phase 1 & 2
Phase 1 investigated the current state of play and the appetite of the sector for a project of this kind. A summary of the findings and recommendations can be found here.
Phase 2 saw research and engagement with stakeholders across the sector to gain a deeper understanding of how organisations are currently supporting the workforce and mitigating workforce related risks. It also examined the role and existing methods of workforce regulation and registration, and appraised best practice from other sectors and countries. Phase 2 was completed in 2022 and an executive summary can be found here.
Whyte Review Policy Response
In January 2023, in response to the Whyte Review into allegations of abuse in gymnastics (and in the context of other reports and studies into abuse and harm caused within sport), Sport England and UK Sport issued a joint policy response.
In total, the response included 19 commitments that spanned the areas of coaching and workforce support, performance athlete support, good governance, dispute resolution and creating safer environments for participants.
One of these commitments was for Sport England and UK Sport to work in partnership with CIMSPA and the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) to develop a national workforce registration scheme for coaches, to include their qualifications and suitability for work in specific roles (CIMSPA 2023).
What comes next?
The next phase of the project, led by CIMSPA, will include the development and piloting of a national workforce registration scheme for all sports and physical activity. How will EMD UK support you as a group exercise instructor? EMD UK encourages all group exercise instructors to join their NGB as a member so that EMD UK, can consult with members as this project develops and members can be part of the NGB influencing the development of the NGB support systems so that it best meets your needs. As the project develops with the NGBs, CIMSPA and partners as above, EMD UK will ensure that instructor needs are met where possible with as little additional burden and cost. Supporting resources to meet the governance and registration scheme will be available to EMD UK members through the professional registration level of membership (Pro) where additional resources will be added and members will be able to access them within their membership cost. (See end article for membership levels)
The governance and coaching registration scheme is part of a new ‘Coaching Operating System’ for the coaching/instructing workforce in England, for the sport and physical activity sector. It will be a complex piece of work that involves, NGBs, Active Partnerships, employers, coaches/instructors, participants and many other stakeholders in the sector.
The project is part of Sport England’s Uniting the Movement strategy, a 10-year commitment to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. , and the subsequent ‘Uniting A Coaching Movement – A blueprint for Coaching in England’ which is a movement to recognise all sport and physical activity coaches/instructors as valued and trusted members of the workforce. The coaching registration scheme is only one part of this strategy, there are many more parts which are out of the scope of this article. The key focus being: (Sport England 2023)