It’s called Pact for Skills and its primary goal is to favor generational change inside the TCLF. Simply put: the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear segments, including the chains. The agreement was signed by over 118 associations, organizations and European companies including COTANCE (The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community) and CEC (European Confederation of the Footwear Industry). Pact for Skills was promoted by the EU and coordinated by Euratex.
Pact for Skills
The Pact for Skills is a document that outlines 5 objectives for the TCLF segments. These goals are:”
- Promoting a culture of lifelong learning for all: one of the actions is to design and roll out courses promoting latest technologies and digital tools such as VR and AI (digital skills) and promoting durability, repair and waste management activities (green skills), in particular circular design skills.
- Building a strong skills partnership with relevant stakeholders: signatories foresee to build regional and cross-sectoral partnerships between industry, education providers and authorities, which are adapted to their specific needs.
- Monitoring skills supply/demand and anticipating skills needs: to reach it, industry, policy and education stakeholders will establish the TCLF Skills Observatory.
- Working against discrimination and for gender equality and equal opportunities: signatories will launch a TCLF manifesto of diversity and a supporting initiative to improve the gender balance and ensure equal opportunities for all.
- Raising awareness & attractiveness on the TCLF industries, i.a. though dedicated information campaigns, showcasing the opportunities in the sector and promoting mobility for young workers.”
Some specific goals include a 20% increment of the number of apprenticeships, as well as supporting the digitalization process in 10,000 small-medium businesses.
“COTANCE is very pleased with this initiative” stated Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, COTANCE’s Secretary General, according to Revista del Calzado. “Teaming up with our partners allows to generate the critical mass which will help the individual companies in our sector maintaining and increasing the skills that make their competitiveness on global markets. We look forward to seeing more companies and entities joining the Pact in the future”.