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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

2021-02-12T13:00:45+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 [...]

B2B Marketplaces: 10 ways to improve a company’s performance

2021-02-05T19:18:49+01:00January 15th, 2021|Categories: Blog|

Our Skills4Smart TCLF 2030 partners are engaged in various initiatives and projects that aim at increasing the competitiveness of the European and national TCLF sectors. One of them – the Portuguese Footwear Technological Centre (CTCP) - pays special attention to the support both in terms of manufacturing and knowledge in the area of footwear and leather goods from their conception to the commercialization of products. In consequence of their activities, CTCP shares with us a few tips to improve the company’s performance. The main focus of a brand or company that intends to start a B2B e-commerce project is to increase [...]

Social & Environmental Report 2020: Education in the EU tanning industry

2021-02-12T13:03:30+01:00December 17th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

In a webinar organised on the 1st of December 2020, COTANCE and IndustriAll-Europe officially unveiled their second Social and Environmental Report for the European tanning industry. The EU-sponsored report is based on data collected amongst 79 European tanneries representing some 43% of total European leather production in volume.  One of the key points the sector’s social partners made in this landmark report is on Education and Skills challenges and opportunities. Human resources are essential to any enterprise. In the leather sector, this is even more true as employees need to combine a multiplicity of skills, mixing art and science. The report [...]

What is VET Excellence?

2021-02-12T13:03:33+01:00December 16th, 2020|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

The term “Excellence” is a broad concept which has been used for decades in relation to education to underline talent, engagement, and a striving for continuously improving education systems. During late 2018 and early 2019, the European Commission’s Education and Training 2020 Working Group, affiliated to the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, conducted an exercise to present and delineate the new concept of Centres of Vocational Excellence and their main characteristics. This report, titled Mapping of Centres of Vocational Excellence was published in October 2019. In this report, VET Excellence is described as a set of activities and [...]

Webinar on VET Collaboration to restore growth in the TCLF sectors

2021-02-12T13:03:36+01:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Blog, News & Events|Tags: , , , , , , |

On Tuesday 3rd of November 2020, the Skills 4 Smart project partners launched a webinar under the European Vocational Skills week, which brought together more than 100 participants interested in the outcomes of the series of online workshops that were held by the project in September and October 2020. During the webinar, project partners presented for the first time the conclusions from the analysis focused on the impact of the COVID-19 on VET providers in TCLF industries. Likewise, they presented the results of the survey conducted with European VET providers which aimed at establishing the first steps to develop a Network [...]

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