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Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters for the Leather industry

2022-03-24T11:42:40+01:00May 4th, 2022|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

The LEATECH project coordinated by the Universidad de Lleida (Spain) under the Erasmus programme is a spin-off of the S4TCLF project. For the time being, it is a small project that is meant to coordinate and prepare a number of Higher Educational Institutes (HEI) to qualify in a subsequent submission for a full-fledged Erasmus Mundus project to implement a joint Masters in the leather industry. The current LEATECH project will reinforce the opportunities of three EU HEIs (UdL-Spain, ITECH-France, EGE-Turkey) and one academic institution from a partner country (CIATEC-Mexico) to achieve a successful Erasmus Mundus project application. Developing an innovative Joint [...]

Companies’ reinvention post Covid-19

2022-03-24T11:40:30+01:00April 20th, 2022|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Covid-19 impact on supply chain and business – how to reinvent businesses after Covid-19 COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains, with challenges waiting on every step on the way: sourcing raw material for production and logistics, manufacturing during plant shutdowns and in respect to social distancing rules, reduced warehouse operations, transportation restrictions and many others This gives a chance to create new business models and integrate the value organizations provide into a new societal landscape. It is time to transform businesses by including new approaches as well as technology and responsible leadership. What was the impact of Covid-19 on the value chain? [...]

MOOCS and the TCLF industries

2022-03-24T11:37:51+01:00April 6th, 2022|Categories: Articles|Tags: , |

The number of MOOCs available for the TCLF industries is relatively small and only a few isolated examples are available. Here are a few (free) successful cases: Manager of an Innovative Leather Company - This MOOC analyses current management processes in the Leather Industry and shows how to improve them to develop an innovative company. The MOOC focus on aspects such as innovation management, leather processes development, standardization and quality control, environmental impact of the tannng industries, health and safety at work and other personal and transversal skills. The course lasts for eight weeks, seven corresponding to the different modules and a [...]

Self-reliance of workers in practice

2022-03-24T11:25:48+01:00March 24th, 2022|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

20 years of experiences with an individual learning account in the Belgian clothing industry Introduction In the framework of the European Commission Work Programme 2021, one of the New Policy Objectives is to assess the possible impact of an Individual Learning Account. This plan is part of the follow-up to the European Education Area and the updated skills agenda. Maybe most interesting, the learning account fits in promoting our European Way of Life, one of the six major policy objectives. We would rather expect a learning account in a socio-economic atmosphere, oriented to the labor market, but it can certainly be [...]

News No.8: Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030

2022-03-17T11:50:47+01:00February 7th, 2022|Categories: Project communication|Tags: , , , , |

Biannual Newsletter - January 2022 In this newsletter, we are introducing you to the latest outcomes and what you may expect after the end of the project. In addition, you will have an insight into the latest activities of the VET Network. Read our Newsletter here S4TCLF_Newsletter-n.8_EN_January_2022 S4TCLF Newsletter - January 2022 - ES

PEF & Eco-design in the footwear industry

2021-04-30T17:27:13+02:00March 26th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

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.   The titles of these two documents [...]

Fostering Academia-Industry Collaboration

2021-04-30T17:37:06+02:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Events|Tags: , , , , |

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?

2021-04-30T18:00:59+02:00March 10th, 2021|Categories: Articles|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?

2021-04-30T18:15:50+02:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Articles|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

2021-04-30T18:04:09+02:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Articles|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 [...]

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