Schuman Associates partner in Erasmus+ co-funded project "Be a Winner in elite sports and Employment before and after athletic Retirement" (B-WISER)
Since January 2017, Schuman Associates participates in the project “Be a Winner in elite sports and Employment before and after athletic Retirement (B-WISER)”. This 2-year project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and aims at optimizing the employability of (former) elite athletes. EU funding (€ 0.4M) will allow 13 partners and 39 experts from six EU Member States (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) to conduct research on how the employment of athletes and ex-athletes can be optimized within Europe.
In the opening phase, the B-WISER project will identify existing structures and measures on the support of ‘elite sport and employment’. Subsequently, the project will identify the competences that athletes require to combine ‘elite sport and employment ', and also the competences they require to successfully make the transition from elite sport to the labour market at the end of their elite sports career.
In the next phases, the B-WISER project will research the added value of employing (former) athletes for employers and identify and develop best practices in the participating countries to optimize the matching process between (former) athletes and (future) employers. This project will allow educational institutions, sport governing bodies, employers and career counsellors in the participating countries to optimize their support and guidance in ‘elite sport and employment' trajectories.
The partnership includes universities, the International Olympic and Paralympic Committees as well as National Olympic and Paralympic Committees (IOC, IPC, NOCs, NPCs), elite sports centres, experts in career development training and job placement and The Adecco Group the Leading Workforce Solution Provider, with whom the IOC and IPC cooperate on the IOC and IPC Athlete Career Programmes since 2005 and 2007 respectively, experts in employment and HR (Kapito HR, Unizo, UEAPME) and international sport experts (IOC, IPC, EOC). The project is coordinated by Prof. Wylleman of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
Results of Work Package 1 have been finalised! Have a look at the full presentation of the WP1 summary at this link.
Schuman Associates’ role is to assist and support the coordinator on the management of the project and its regular reporting, as well as to ensure an effective dissemination and communication with external stakeholders.
More information on B-WISER are available here: