Because of changing labour market needs, skills intelligence is crucial to  reform  and  design education  and  training  programmes  that  will stand the test of time. Revising and creating new/updated  occupational  profiles  and  the corresponding  skills,  drawing  on  from  the classification  of  European  Skills,  Competences, Qualifications  and  Occupations  (ESCO)  and existing competence frameworks and updating or designing  new  curricula  are  the  main  ongoing activities  of  WP7,  led  by  Gheorghe  Asachi Technical  University  of  Iaşi  (TUIASI).  Thanks to the outcomes  of  the  survey  to  225  TCLF companies  and  the  domain  expertise  of  the S4TCLF  partnership,  8  occupations  have  been identified  that  are  both  in  high  demand  from European  TCLF  companies  and  in  need  of  a curriculum  refreshment.  Among these professional profiles, four are sectoral:

  • Clothing CAD Pattern Maker,
  • Textile Technologist,
  • Leather Technologist,
  • Footwear 3D CAD Designer & Pattern Maker

and four are transversal applying to all 4 subsectors:

  • (Digital) Supply Chain Analyst,
  • Sustainability Technician,
  • Digital Marketing Professional,
  • Process & Production Timeline Analyst

Focus groups and interviews with VET providers, lecturers  or  sectoral  experts  have  been organised throughout the month of June and July 2019  in  the  9  participating  countries  in  order  to validate  these  8  new  or  updated  occupational profiles.


He/she designs, evaluates, adjusts and modifies patterns, cutting plans and technical files for all kinds of wearing apparel using CAD systems, acting as interfaces with digital printing, cutting and assembly operations. They are aware of the technical requirements on quality, manufacturability and cost assessment. He/she supports the entire prototyping/sampling process within the clothing company and is able to understand and to transform the design specifications into technical requirements for manufacturing.


He/she is in charge of the optimisation of both traditional and innovative textile manufacturing systems management, and in charge of developing products and spinning, weaving, knitting and finishing. He/she has skills and knowledge related to both the mechanical processing of fibres/filaments into yarns and manufacturing of all types of textile products. The Textile Technologist also possesses scientific knowledge about the structure and properties of raw materials and textile products. He/she provides solutions to increase the efficiency throughout the entire production cycle and has a deep understanding of production problems and how to solve them.


He/she designs, adjusts and modifies patterns for all kinds of footwear using CAD systems, working as interface team between design and production teams. He/she transforms the designer’s specifications from the digital lasts into technical requirements, updates footwear concepts to manufacturing lines. His/her main activities are on footwear pattern engineering, which may include: selecting/designing lasts and footwear components, selecting materials, designing and making patterns for uppers, linings and bottom components, producing technical drawings for various ranges of tools. He/she collaborates in the prototyping/sampling process, and is able to grade, produce and test the sizing samples.


He/she is responsible for the technical management of all production departments within a tannery, from the selection of the raw materials to tanning, retanning and finishing leather according to the specifications given. He/she secures leather quality, evaluate its fitness for use and ensures process and product sustainability. This professional may be responsible for innovation in an organisation, in terms of systems, processes and products. Working in a tannery implies sound relationships with all departments across the business and with the customers.


He/she conducts data gathering and analysis and provides solutions to cut costs and to increase the efficiency throughout the entire product life cycle within the TCLF companies. His/her responsability is to improve supply chain operations in relation to sourcing and procurement of raw materials, their traceability, movement of supplies inside the manufacturing stages and delivering the goods to the final parties including end consumers or retailers.


He/she is responsible for anticipating and identifying social, environmental and economic risks in order to propose and implement plans and measures ensuring that TCLF manufacturing processes and products comply with given public and private standards and legislation on labour and environmental issues, health & safety regulations and social responsibility. He/she is able to monitor and improve the environmental and social impacts according to both the company’s business strategy and client requirements.


He/she has knowledge of e-commerce, digital marketing, social media, management and online sales methods, bank payments and other activities related to the electronic trade in TCLF products. He/she helps enhance brand value and brand awareness. He/she gets valuable insights by conducting marketing research and he/she ensures customer satisfaction by forming long-term relationships with customers.


He/she is responsible for gathering, elaborating, storing, using and sharing digital process data in reference to compliance to customers’ requirements, process performance, including technical sheets and production instructions, duration, energy efficiency, as well as production and machinery maintenance. He/she analyses and applies method and time studies on manufacturing operations and tasks, in order to provide solutions for optimising the production process in a TCLF company.