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Online learning for the TCLF industries: how to design a course?

2021-05-27T10:37:39+02:00May 27th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , |

What are MOOCs? Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online web courses with open access and unlimited participation. MOOCs provide static and dynamic course materials such as video lectures, readings, case studies and problem sets. They also include interactive user forums that help build a community for the students and teachers in a strong peer-learning approach combined with automatic assessment features that give immediate feedback to the students. Because of the potential massive enrolment of students, MOOCs require specific instructional design procedures to facilitate large-scale interaction, feedback and assessment but also to cope with the restrains (personal or professional) of the [...]

How has Covid-19 changed consumers’ expectations and buying practices?

2021-05-19T11:37:16+02:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

COVID-19 deeply changed consumer behaviour. With the right skills and opportune approach TCLF companies can benefit from it.  The scale and length of the COVID-19 sanitary and economic crisis have had a profound impact on everyone’s lives. Millions of people have been asked to stay at home to slow down the pandemic. In Europe, government health and safety measures have incurred the closing of workplaces, schools, and many businesses. The ensuing economic downturn has negatively affected the finances of many Europeans, and the enduring lockdowns have incurred drastic lifestyle changes. A combination of economic uncertainty and lifestyle changes have changed what [...]

Materials and the importance of authenticity for the TCLF industries

2021-04-30T17:17:30+02:00April 30th, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

Wool, alpaca, cashmere, mohair, silk, cotton, flax (or linen) or hemp and cellulose acetate, modal, viscose, lyocell, polyester. Natural or synthetic. These are just some of the fibres listed in Annex I of the EU Regulation on textile names and labelling (Regulation (EU) 1007/2011). Regarding footwear, the designations are limited to four: Leather Coated leather Textiles and ‘all other materials’ With the latter defined in the EU Footwear labelling Directive (Directive 94/11/EC). What all these names have in common? It’s the legal obligation to be used appropriately in the designation of the materials that make up textile products or shoes placed [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Youngsters from Italy discovering the TCLF career opportunities

2021-05-07T09:19:55+02:00February 22nd, 2021|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , |

 The sooner young people are able to design their own professional project, the easier it will be for them to choose and succeed, first at school and then professionally.  It is difficult for youngsters to understand what they are best at, what skills they have and what career paths will enable them to express their talents and fulfil their expectations and dreams. With an advantage for the economic and social system: less risk of dropping out and better performance in the workplace. Orientation is therefore a fundamental strategic lever, not only for young people but for the entire economic and social system.  Helping youngsters choose the most suitable study and career path for their ambitions [...]

The importance of circularity in the TCLF industries

2021-04-30T18:05:15+02:00February 10th, 2021|Categories: Articles|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

2021-04-30T18:12:05+02:00February 4th, 2021|Categories: Articles|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 [...]

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