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Open your mind: What is the project about?

2021-02-18T19:34:29+01:00April 12th, 2021|Categories: What is the project about?|

The "Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills: showcasing careers in the textile/clothing/leather/footwear sectors" was a project launched by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and DG GROW on behalf of the European Commission. Its main objective was to build upon the work carried out by the Skills4Smart TCLF project under the Erasmus+ programme and support its activities in the area of boosting the attractiveness of the TCLF sectors. The project aimed at strengthening the strategic cooperation among key actors in the TCLF industry (businesses, trade unions, research, education and training institutions, public authorities) by implementing concrete actions to [...]

PEF & Eco-design in the footwear industry

2021-03-26T13:15:24+01:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

PEF AND ECO-DESIGN IN THE FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY  Demystifying the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)  A Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) is a measure of the environmental performance of a good or service throughout its life-cycle that takes into account supply-chain activities (from the extraction of raw materials, through production and use, to final waste management). It is a method to model the environmental impacts of a product throughout its life-cycle. The PEF was implemented through the adoption of the European Commission Recommendation on the use of common methods to measure and communicate the life cycle environmental performance of products and organisations and the Communication Building the Single Market for Green Products.   [...]

Fostering Academia-Industry Collaboration

2021-03-23T15:34:42+01:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: News & Events|

FOSTERING TEXTILE ACADEMIA-INDUSTRY COLLABORATION FOR TEXTILE AND LEATHER INDUSTRIES: EXAMPLES FROM ERASMUS+ PROJECTS Relationships between academia and industry are very important for all the industrial sectors and particularly on the TCLF. A good connection between industry and academia can create the necessary synergies to create innovations, to revise the curricula and adapt them to the needs of the industry, to promote the education centers as focal points in the TCLFs industries, and to promote entrepreneurial activities among the students to contribute as catalysts of innovation for TCLF sectors, among others. It is then of crucial importance to fulfill the knowledge triangle, [...]

What are the educational needs of the TCLF sectors?

2021-03-10T11:49:18+01:00March 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Discover how companies and SMEs of the TCLF sectors have evolved since 1995, what are the most significant challenges faced by the TCLF sectors in EU, and what is the strategy for matching the skills offer of VET and Lifelong Learning with the needs of the market in EU, with a focus on the case of Greece. In 2019, a total of 6.080 companies were active in the Textile - Clothing - Leather - Footwear (TCLF) sectors in Greece.           The TCLF companies employed a total of 27.500 employees. Most employees were in clothing (14.700 individuals), followed [...]

ICT in textile and clothing sector, what’s next?

2021-02-26T17:55:41+01:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

There are constant changes in the T&C as this is an industry with heavy international competition, requiring continuous improvements. Key innovations for the T&C industry, according to the EURATEX report, can be found in the areas of: Smart high-performance materials and products; Digital manufacturing and supply chains; Bio-based materials & processing. Furthermore, it is stated that the Smart Textiles area (electronic textiles and smart wearables) is booming. The EU smart textiles market is expected to reach € 1.5 billion in 2025! It is clear that digital evolution will play a great role in the T&C industry's further developments. In the near [...]

Apprenticeship: A mechanism to match skills supply and demand

2021-02-22T17:19:00+01:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

What is an apprenticeship? Apprenticeships are a form of work-based learning. Although existing apprenticeship schemes in Europe differ between the Members States, the Council Recommendation on a European Framework for Quality and Effective Apprenticeships [1] offers a unified definition of the key elements that distinguish apprenticeships from other work-based learning schemes. A formal apprenticeship scheme must: Lead to nationally-recognised qualifications, Combine learning in education or training institutions with work-based learning in companies, Be based on an agreement defining the rights and obligations of the apprentice, the employer, and, where appropriate, the VET institution Be financially compensated for the work-based component. Why are [...]

The importance of circularity in the TCLF industries

2021-02-12T12:55:31+01:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |

The TCLF sectors are often accused of being among the most polluting industries, and it is true that in the past much pain to the planet could have been avoided with foresight and responsibility. While modern TCLF production sites in Europe have long since changed and today operate under strict environmental considerations, there are still far too many non-EU countries that supply materials, components, and finished goods that do not comply with international environmental standards, thus continuing to taint the image of the sector. This will change! Indeed, the EU has the ambition to put an end to pollution driven through [...]

Orientation as a tool for the attractiveness of TCLF sectors

2021-02-12T12:56:03+01:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

The labour market in TCLF sectors shows many problems: a high unemployment rate, a significant discrepancy between the demand and supply of labour force, followed by the gap between the professional skills provided by the training system and those actually required by the labour market. In this context, young people who are starting to build their professional lives face an increasing number of challenges and difficult choices, and they need information about training paths and job opportunities. It is essential to develop an offer of quality services, which allow young people to guide their choices, opting for paths consistent with personal [...]

Where are textiles in everyday life?

2021-02-12T13:03:27+01:00January 22nd, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Textiles are everywhere and shape our daily life. In the last 30 years, textile industrial companies in Europe have been producing textiles that are used in many fields of application, not only in fashion and clothing, thanks to important product innovation. How many of the examples of applications listed below you were aware of already? In the field of agriculture, they are nets to protect crops against insects or climatic aggressions, textile screens for thermal insulation and solar filtration to name the most commonly used applications. In furnishing/decoration products with textile can be divided into the following categories: textiles furnish interiors, [...]

Recent trends in TCLF VET collaboration in Europe

2021-03-10T15:41:31+01:00January 20th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

In autumn 2020, the S4TCLF project launched a survey of European TCLF VET providers as a first step toward the establishment of a Network of EU TCLF VET providers promoting Excellence. The survey identifies the scope of VET providers’ activities, how they function and are governed, their interests and their current collaboration schemes with other centres. The results presented here specifically focus on one aspect of the survey: VET collaboration, which is the basis to successfully build-up the future Network. A few words about our sample Graph 1: Geographical origin of respondents (N=94) The survey was administered through an online questionnaire [...]

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