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How to communicate sustainability?

2021-11-29T14:03:31+01:00November 22nd, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

The fashion world has changed. Today’s consumer is aware, critical, and increasingly demanding regarding the origins of products of the manufacturing industry, in particular in the area of clothing and footwear goods. Their main concerns are the origin and quality of leather or textile, human rights, and safe working conditions are just some of the questions raised by consumers. It is undeniable that there is increasing critical curiosity, essential to generate a purchase decision more aligned with individual concerns about the use of natural resources and the well-being of the people working in the fashion industry. However, the multiplicity and complexity [...]

Traceability & Transparency in the TCLF industries

2021-11-18T16:39:29+01:00November 18th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

What do these terms mean? Traceability is the capacity to track and trace a product to its origin, and Transparency is the level of public disclosure of the suppliers in a given value chain. They have become key concepts among apparel and footwear suppliers where value chains are highly complex, and the skills required in this are very specific.    Why do we need this? Today’s consumers have become increasingly demanding. Now more and more of them want to have the peace of mind that the pair of shoes or the jacket or the nice little skirt bought in the high street shop has been [...]

(Re)discover the textile industry: Attracting students through virtual fairs and games

2021-12-03T16:54:45+01:00October 4th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

One of the objectives of the Skills4Smart TCLF industries 2030 project is to enhance the attractiveness of the sector to engage newcomers. The TCLF industries are in desperate need for skilled workers and the textile sector is no exception. In Belgium, employment in the textile industry has been stable in recent years and investments have increased. The sector can count on dedicated employees, but the downside is that the average age in the sector is high and there is and will be an unprecedented outflow of human capital in the coming years. On the other hand, there is little influx of [...]

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the footwear industry.

2021-09-27T11:24:35+02:00September 22nd, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

The SDGs at a glance In 2015, the UN approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an international agreement signed by 193 countries, which means an opportunity for countries and their societies to embark on a new path towards a better and more sustainable future. This initiative seeks to address the global challenges the world is facing, from eradicating POVERTY and reducing INEQUALITY, to reversing CLIMATE CHANGE and ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION, among others. This is how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came about, which in turn include 169 action targets, which will be measured through a general framework of 230 indicators [...]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the leather sector

2021-09-22T17:26:20+02:00September 21st, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

The SDGs at a glance In 2015, the UN approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, an international agreement signed by 193 countries, which means an opportunity for countries and their societies to embark on a new path towards a better and more sustainable future. This initiative seeks to address the global challenges the world is facing, from eradicating POVERTY and reducing INEQUALITY, to reversing CLIMATE CHANGE and ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION, among others. This is how the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came about, which in turn include 169 action targets, which will be measured through a general framework of 230 indicators [...]

What makes Young Patterns so unique? The Dual learning (4/4)

2021-08-13T15:13:12+02:00August 13th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Skills needs may be perceived in different ways and can have different consequences. The fashion world suffers from lack of candidates or lack of competences for certain jobs. Plus, training courses are not always geared to the business world, or they are simply not offered. In the absence of a satisfactory solution being found, companies have learned to take matters into their own hands. Rather than believing that the solution comes from the outside, companies themselves are responsible for the further training or retraining of their staff and newcomers. Research shows that self-reliance of companies is gaining importance, which is reflected [...]

What makes Young Patterns so unique? The Hub (3/4)

2021-08-13T15:32:19+02:00August 12th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Young Patterns supports young people looking for a job in Belgian fashion and apparel companies. The duo-internship system created by Young Patterns aims at the best result for both young people and companies. Recent graduates who have just registered as job seekers can join the initiative and enjoy a “tailor-made” first work experience. Young Patterns grew out of the observation that the new generation's flow into the fashion and clothing industry have it difficult. This new generation Y & Z is composed of students and recently graduated, often job-seeking youngsters. They have their vision, and they are constantly looking for changes [...]

What makes Young Patterns so unique? The duo-internship (2/4)

2021-08-13T15:32:44+02:00August 5th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , |

Young Patterns supports young people who are looking for a job in one of the Belgian fashion and apparel companies. Aiming for a best result for both young people and companies the duo-internship system is a perfect fit used by Young Patterns. Recent graduates who have just registered as job seekers can join the initiative and enjoy a “tailor-made” first work experience. The duo-internship: a win-win for the company and for the young graduate. Two internships in two different companies, each lasting six weeks. As a job seeker you get the chance to gain extra experience, strengthen your resume and get [...]

What makes Young Patterns so unique ? The ambassadors (1/4)

2021-08-13T15:32:57+02:00July 29th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

Young Patterns, a community carried by  group of ambassadors in Belgium  connects young jobseekers, students and employees with the national fashion and apparel industry. “We work together to make the sector more youthful and to show Belgian companies that the new generation is ready to work passionately in the TCLF sectors.” Rob Senden Sarah, Marie, Paulien, Sophie, Jitske, Eline, Hester, Luna, Laurie, Merel, Fleur, Amber, Chanel & Zoë. 14 enthusiastic students, employees, or job seekers. All are younger than 26 and passionate about the Belgian fashion sector. They are the ambassadors of Young Patterns. They are an inspiration. Gifted and smart, [...]

Training in response to the needs of companies and workers in the TCLF sectors in Spain

2021-08-12T13:08:53+02:00July 27th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , |

To enable the recovery of the Spanish economy due to the recent health crisis, it is necessary to enhance human capital and workers´ employability. To reach this goal improving professional skills and adjust the supply and demand of qualified workers in the labour market is the key. The vocational training system for employment, as one of the essential parts of active employment policies, must anticipate companies´ demand. It must also offer young people and the working population in general training to fill those needs. Social partners play an essential role in the design, planning and programming of workers´ training in the [...]

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