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1106, 2021

Innovation in teaching and learning methodologies in the TCLF industries

June 11th, 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

How to innovate in learning methodologies to enhance the learning  process The last decades have proved to be a real challenge in terms of adapting learning methodologies to the demands of the modern world, characterised by a vast social and technological transformation. Methodologies such as work-based learning, open learning resources,  have gained a central place in the European programmes available. This also allowed  sharing examples of good practices and the [...]

1006, 2021

The need of an innovative-based curriculum in the TCLF industries

June 10th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Designing an innovative TCLF curriculum, responding to present and future needs of employers is key to sectoral economic development. This article proposes a curriculum development model that should be a part of the education and training ecosystem that is in line with future needs [1] After a digital and industrial revolution The emerging professions have to take into consideration all  consequences related tothe digital transformation and of the Industrial Revolution [...]

2705, 2021

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

May 27th, 2021|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 [...]

1705, 2021

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

May 17th, 2021|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 [...]

705, 2021

Press release: Becoming a Young Professional in the TCLF industries

May 7th, 2021|Tags: , , , , |

Between February and April, over 600 14-18 year olds from Belgium, France, Italy, Portugal and Romania took part in ‘Your First Step in TCLF’ virtual career and opportunity orientations webinars, introducing them to these sectors, relevant contributors to the European economy. The spring of 2021 has seen a concerted, virtual, effort to attract new talent to the European Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) sectors by the partners of the [...]

3004, 2021

Materials and the importance of authenticity for the TCLF industries

April 30th, 2021|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 [...]

1604, 2021

Press Release: The Network of European TCLF VET providers takes off!

April 16th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

On the 14th April, 2021, the 22 members of the European Network of TCLF VET providers promoting Excellence met virtually for the first time to exchange ideas and priorities for joint action. This initiative, conducted within the framework of the Erasmus+ Skills4Smart TCLF industries 2030 Blueprint (S4TCLF), brings together European Vocational and Training (VET) institutions to further strengthen Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) skills provision in Europe through the [...]

2603, 2021

PEF & Eco-design in the footwear industry

March 26th, 2021|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 [...]

2303, 2021

Fostering Academia-Industry Collaboration

March 23rd, 2021|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 [...]

1003, 2021

What are the educational needs of the TCLF sectors?

March 10th, 2021|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 - [...]

2602, 2021

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

February 26th, 2021|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 [...]

2202, 2021

Apprenticeship: A mechanism to match skills supply and demand

February 22nd, 2021|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 [...]

2202, 2021

Youngsters from Italy discovering the TCLF career opportunities

February 22nd, 2021|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 [...]

1002, 2021

The importance of circularity in the TCLF industries

February 10th, 2021|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 [...]

402, 2021

Orientation as a tool for the attractiveness of TCLF sectors

February 4th, 2021|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 [...]

2201, 2021

Where are textiles in everyday life?

January 22nd, 2021|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 [...]

2001, 2021

Recent trends in TCLF VET collaboration in Europe

January 20th, 2021|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, [...]

1501, 2021

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

January 15th, 2021|Tags: , , |

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, [...]

1812, 2020

News No.6: Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030

December 18th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Biannual Newsletter - December 2020. In this 6th Newsletter, you will learn how VET providers in the TCLF sectors can build a strong network promoting excellence, discover why education and vocational training are the perfect bridge to the beginning of an occupational career, find out about the courses given to learn new skills to identify the best way to reach targeted customers within the TCLF industries. Read our Newsletter here: [...]

1712, 2020

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

December 17th, 2020|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. [...]

1612, 2020

What is VET Excellence?

December 16th, 2020|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 [...]

1011, 2020

Webinar on VET Collaboration to restore growth in the TCLF sectors

November 10th, 2020|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 [...]

2810, 2020

Towards a European network of VET providers: key findings

October 28th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

On October 2nd, S4TCLF’s partners held an international workshop titled “Towards a European network of VET providers”. This workshop aimed to gather VET providers to present the Skills4Smart project and convince them to enrol themselves in the piloting phase of the project. It was also an opportunity to present the project’s developments in terms of new curricula and occupation profiles, as well as direct and long-term implications of the Covid-19 [...]

2809, 2020

Portugal promotes webinar about the future of professional training

September 28th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

On 24th of September Portuguese partners - CTCP and CITEVE - hosted a webinar called “Addressing a revolution in TCLF Training Education” as part of Erasmus+ Skills4SmartTCLF 2030 Blueprint Project, to present the project's developments, especially in terms of new qualifications for the sector and debate direct and long-term implications of COVID-19 in education and vocational training. This webinar was attended by representatives of the European Confederations, of the TCLF [...]

1509, 2020

News No. 5: Presentation of the first Massive Open Online Courses

September 15th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

PRESENTATION OF THE FIRST MOOCs: New Massive Open Online Courses for the TCLF industries! Inside this news: S4TCLF in times of COVID-19 Presentation of the first MOOCs Interview with the Work Package leader Outcomes of the last Technical Meeting S4TCLF_Newsletter-n.5_EN S4TCLF_Newsletter n.5_ES S4TCLF_Newsletter n.5_PT  

3108, 2020

S4TCLF issues a position paper on the new EU Skills Agenda

August 31st, 2020|Tags: , , , |

31 August 2020 - The EU TCLF Industry Confederations and Skills4SmartTCLF Blueprint project consortium warmly welcome the new EU Skills Agenda and stand ready to engage in a Pact for Skills. The partners of the Erasmus+ Blueprint project Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030, led by the representative organisations of the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) industries in Europe, welcome the new EU Skills Agenda published in July 2020. They also  stand [...]

1504, 2020

Open Your Mind – Country videos

April 15th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

The TCLF sector is present and established all over Europe, with various traditions and expertise that were cultivated over time. We asked a number of professionals, experts, and students from six different countries for their thoughts on the TCLF sector's present and future outlooks. Take a look at their interviews and tell us what you think. ITALY - A perceptive revolution will bring the younger generation closer to the footwear [...]

1204, 2020

Open your mind: What is the project about?

April 12th, 2020|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

1912, 2019

News No. 4: Rebranding the TCLF sectors

December 19th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

REBRANDING THE TCLF SECTORS: A Promotional Plan for the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear Industries Inside this news: Beyond preconceived notions: A promotional Plan for the TCLF sectors TCLF Stakeholders commit: Spotlight on the TCLF best practices in recruitment and employment S4TCLF Second Public Event: All together to revitilise skills & jobs in the TCLF sectors S4TCLF_NEWS n.4 S4TCLF_NEWS n.4_PT

2711, 2019

Press Release 4: “All together to revitalise skills and jobs in Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear sectors” 

November 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Get the PressRelease n.4 S4TCLF project the press release in English "All together to revitalise skills and jobs in Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear sectors" "The university is traditionally the place to educate students and develop knowledge, but today it serves as a hub for connecting people: students with companies, teachers with public authorities, a place where all sectoral stakeholders come together." This was the opening message of IDBM dean [...]

2711, 2019

5th Meeting in Iasi, Romania

November 27th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

14th November 2019, Iasi, Romania The 5th technical meeting of the Project “Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030” was held in Iasi, Romania on 14th November 2019 at the premises of TUIASI with the participation of the project partners. The aim of the meeting was at first the overview of the project’s state of art, the activities implemented so far, the planning of the project’s next activities and steps and also the [...]

1807, 2019

News No.3: Advancing at Full Steam

July 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Advancing at Full Steam: A Skills Strategy for the TCLF sectors and the development of eight curricula. Inside this news: The S4TCLF partnership meets in Athens A sectoral skills strategy for the TLCF industry: Different scenarios Reviewing curricula of the 8 most needed TCLF occupations Consortium Partners & Contacts Newsletter in .pdf format in English and Italian!

1306, 2019

4th Meeting in Athens, Greece

June 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

11 June 2019, HMA, Athens, Greece The 4th technical meeting of the Project “Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030” was held in Athens, Greece on 11th June 2019 at the premises of HMA with the participation of the project partners. The aim of the meeting was at first the overview of the project’s state, the activities implemented so far and the presentation of administrative and financial issues. Partners discussed about the ongoing WPs, [...]

905, 2019

8 Qualification Profiles for TCLF Smart Industry

May 9th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

We are happy to present you the 8 occupations selected within Skills 4 Smart TCLF Industries 2030, an Erasmus + Project, as the most needed in the Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) sectors in Europe. Now we will focus on the development of their 8 curricula and training materials! Sustainability Technician (TCLF) (Digital) Supply Chain Analyst (TCLF) Digital Marketing Professional (TCLF) Process & Production Timeline Analyst (TCLF) Textile Technologist [...]

805, 2019

The TCLF Skills Challenge: 225 European companies have their say

May 8th, 2019|Tags: , , |

First public webinar organised within Skills4Smart TCLF project! ?️ Tuesday, 21 May 2019 ⏲️ 11am - 12pm CET ✍️ Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/839854658792540163 A large-scale survey on the training needs of 225 companies from the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear industry in 9 European Member States in the autumn of 2018. That was the real start of an international partnership of 21 sectoral training centres and expert organisations. Starting this spring [...]

1103, 2019

External: World Footwear Congress 2019, 3-5 April 2019, Naples, Italy

March 11th, 2019|Tags: , , |

World Footwear Congress 2019 in Naples on 3rd-5th April 2019! An excellent venue for professionals of the footwear industry to learn about the latest changes and opportunities that companies can benefit from in a fast-changing economy and society. Get the Press release and the Agenda!

703, 2019

News No.2: Fashion World’s Challenge

March 7th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Looking for Qualifications, Occupations…and the right skills in the TCLF sectors. “For many years our first priority was to win customers and to keep our mill busy. Now our first priority is to find (and retain) skilled employees.” SIMON COTTON, CEO OF JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN, SCOTTISH KNITWEAR MANUFACTURER NEWS N. 2 — MARCH 2019 Get the Newsletter in .pdf format in English and Portuguese!

2901, 2019

External: Final Conference of the Erasmus+ project Digital TCLF Industries

January 29th, 2019|Tags: , |

The Final Conference of the project Digital Skills for Textile, Clothing Leather and Footwear Industries (Digital TCLF 2025) will be held in Brussels on the 8th February. The project  aims at bringing updated digital skills to the European Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) sectors by identifying the skills needed to embrace the digitalisation in industrial production and increase the competitiveness of European companies. Get the factsheet here!   Iratxe [...]

2901, 2019

3rd Meeting in Porto, Portugal

January 29th, 2019|Tags: , , |

22– 23 January 2019, CITEVE & CTCP, Porto, Portugal The 3rd technical meeting of the Project “Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030” was held in Porto, Portugal on the 22nd and 23rd January 2019 at the premises of CITEVE & CTCP with the participation of the project partners. The aim of the meeting was at first the presentation of the project’s state of the art, an overview of the activities implemented so [...]

2901, 2019

Press Release 3: Fashion World’s Challenges – Looking for Qualification, Occupations …and the right skills in the TCLF sectors

January 29th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Get the press release in .pdf format in English, Portuguese , Spanish and Greek. “For many years our first priority was to win customers and to keep our mill busy. Now our first priority is to find (and retain) skilled employees”. This brief quote of Simon Cotton, CEO of Johnstons of Elgin, Scottish knitwear manufacturer sums up superbly the main challenge that European Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) companies [...]

1501, 2019

Public Event (Session I): Fashion World’s Challenges – Looking for Qualifications and Occupations

January 15th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Here is the program for the Public Event (Session I) Fashion World's Challenges - Looking for Qualifications and Occupations on 22nd January 2019, in Porto, Portugal at CITEVE'S premises. Get the agenda here!

2606, 2018

2nd Meeting in Elda, Spain

June 26th, 2018|Tags: , |

19 - 20 June 2018, INESCOP, Elda, Spain The 2nd transnational meeting of the Project “Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030” was held in Elda, Spain on the 19th and 20th June 2018 at the premises of INESCOP with the participation of the project partners. The aim of the meeting was at first the presentation of the project’s state of the art, an overview of the activities implemented so far and a [...]

2106, 2018

Press Release 2: Blueprint “Skills4Smart TCLF 2030” Second Partners’ Meeting: Looking for Excellence in VET

June 21st, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Get the press release in .pdf format in English, Spanish, Greek and Portuguese. At a time when youth unemployment, ageing-workforce and skills shortage become some of the major challenges facing the Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) sectors in many European countries, 21 private and public stakeholders from 9 different countries gathered together in an ambitious four-year project titled “Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030”, funded by the Erasmus+ programme. The upskilling [...]

902, 2018

Kick-off Meeting in Brussels, Belgium

February 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

1-2 February 2018, EURATEX, Brussels, Belgium The kick-off meeting of the Project “Skills4Smart TCLF Industries 2030” was held in Brussels, on the 1st and 2nd February 2018 at the premises of EURATEX with the participation of the project partners. The aim of the meeting was the presentation of this ambitious project, the partnership, the activities it is consisted of and the main results expected. The meeting also attended [...]

802, 2018

Press Release 1: A Blueprint to Revitalise Skills and Jobs in the TCLF Sectors in Europe

February 8th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Get the press release in .pdf format here. The need to anticipate and enhance adequate skills and learning methods as well as to attract and qualify workers has brought together 21 public and private stakeholders of the Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear (TCLF) sectors under a strategic 4-year Erasmus+ project called “Skills4Smart TCLF”. The aim of the project is to create a robust and sustainable community of private and public [...]

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