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

2021-09-29T16:31:19+02:00October 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 it is well known fact, 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 [...]

Innovation in teaching and learning methodologies in the TCLF industries

2021-06-11T10:02:40+02:00June 11th, 2021|Categories: Articles|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 development of tools and instruments that facilitate their applicability. Impact of modern technology on education Understanding how schools and vocational education and training institutions are adapting to social and technological transformation [...]

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

2021-06-11T10:11:52+02:00June 10th, 2021|Categories: Articles|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 4.0  that leave and impact on the economy, in particular  on the TCLF industries. What plays crucial role? Technology changes of how people learn. By improving access for learners to Massive [...]

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 [...]

Fostering Academia-Industry Collaboration

2021-04-30T17:37:06+02:00March 23rd, 2021|Categories: Events|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 industries, and to promote entrepreneurial activities among the students to contribute as catalysts of innovation for TCLF sectors, among others. It is then of crucial importance to fulfill the knowledge triangle, [...]

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 [...]

Open Your Mind – Country videos

2021-05-03T09:57:03+02:00April 15th, 2020|Categories: Country videos|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 sector Daniela Diletti, an entrepreneur and teacher in the footwear sector, emphasises on the need to revolutionise the way in which the sector is perceived, in order to draw young people [...]

Open your mind: What is the project about?

2021-05-03T10:08:13+02:00April 12th, 2020|Categories: What is the project about?|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 sectors. The project aimed at strengthening the strategic cooperation among key actors in the TCLF industry (businesses, trade unions, research, education and training institutions, public authorities) by implementing concrete actions to [...]

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