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Pilots for TCLF training courses to start in second half of 2020


A new series of training programmes for workers in the textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) industries in the European Union has emerged with the aim of giving workers the skills they need in the digital world of today.

At the start of 2018, a total of 22 public and private stakeholders launched a project they called ‘Skills4Smart’ with the objective of “reshaping and updating skills and education in these traditional, yet dynamic sectors.

Training programmes have now emerged for eight specific occupation profiles that the project partners have identified as the main priorities. These will be available for current employees or future employment candidates to access online or through classroom teaching. Pilots will begin in the second half of 2020.

Across the courses, there are a number of key concepts such as traceability, sustainability and green supply chain policies, environmental performance of products and processes, web technology for e-commerce and online sales, and digital communications and management.

Textile and clothing industry organisations among the 22 project partners include the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX), the Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias Têxtil e do Vestuário de Portugal (CITEVE), the Hellenic Clothing Industry Association from Greece and France’s UNITEX.

Skills4Smart is co-funded by the Erasmus+ funding programme of the European Union.