The PSC works under the guidance and direction of the Sector Skills Alliance for Fitness and Physical Activity (SSA).
The SSA is an advisory group of representatives from employer organisations, the fitness and physical activity sector workforce, members of education and training systems including from vocational and higher education, as well as public authorities and other relevant governmental and institutional agencies. The purpose of the SSA is to identify sector-specific labour market needs, demand for new occupation profiles, and skills needed to perform in one or more professional sectors. It endeavours to gather relevant labour market intelligence and foresight to enable evidence-led decisions, understand employer needs to support growth, develop sustainable jobs and promote entrepreneurship.
The SSA includes expert representation from:
- employees/employee representatives
- researchers and independent consultants
- education and training institutions including from VET and higher education
- public authorities and other relevant Government and institutional agencies
The core functions of the SSA are to:
- gather relevant labour market intelligence and foresight
- understand employer needs to support growth
- develop more sustainable jobs and promote entrepreneurship
The SSA gives advice and direction to the Professional Standards Committee in helping it to create and update curricula and the occupational standards based on evidence through research and sector foresight.