Research and key projects

Albert Einstein said, 'If we knew what we were doing, it would not be called research!' We're constantly trying to keep our finger on the pulse and scanning for trends and data that may impact our workforce. Here you'll find a bunch of  relevant research, as well as updates and information on some of the key projects we're working on. 

Key Projects

Sport NZ quality development project

Skills Active and Sport New Zealand are leading a project to explore a nationwide quality assurance approach for the external provision of physical activity in primary schools.

Targeted Review of Qualifications

The Targeted Review of Qualifications (TRoQ) was established by the Government (through NZQA) to focus on reducing the duplication and proliferation of Level 1-6 qualifications. 

Cycle education system development

 Skills Active and the NZ transport Agency have formed a collaboration to develop the skills, abilities and career pathways of cycle instructors.




The Skills Active Workforce Scan is our annual research document on New Zealand's sport, recreation and performing arts industries and the workforce that drives them. Read the full version, or open up a chapter that interests you. 

Skills Active Workforce Scan 2018

Exercise Industry Scan 2018

Performing Arts Industry Scan 2018

Sport and Community Recreation Industry Scan 2018 

Outdoor Recreation Industry Scan 2018 

Snowsport Industry Scan 2018

Dive Industry Scan 2018 

Workforce Transformation in Action 2018   



At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report - 2017

The At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report outlines the size and value of New Zealand's service industries, including sport and recreation, health, aged care, social services, retail, hospitality, hair and beauty, and more - represented by Skills Active and its fellow ITOs Careerforce, HITO and ServiceIQ.

At Your Service Aotearoa BERL Report


Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce to 2026 - 2013

BERL Economics reports on the current size and make-up of New Zealand’s sport and recreation sector workforce, as well as its future outlook through to 2026. This report was commissioned by Sport NZ in collaboration with Skills Active and New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA).

Sport and Recreation Sector Workforce to 2026



This Workforce Planning Framework outlines how Sport New Zealand, the New Zealand Recreation Association (NZRA) and Skills Active will work with sport and recreation partners to make research and information available; provide advice, support, guidelines and resources; and raise awareness and promote workforce planning practices. 

 Workforce Planning Framework 2014