The EU TCLF Skills Council aims at gathering facts and data in order to provide up-to-date overview of the employment and skills trends in the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear sector.

The ESC - TCL regularly carries out surveys and analytical work in order to create structured sets of data at European level and establish valid sectorial intelligence. The most relevant education and training issues, as well as labour market needs and skills requirements, are presented and illustrated in accurate reports drawn the by the Council Members.

Report 2014
Report 2012
Annual Report 2014

In 2014, the ISPs have worked extensively to update and expand previously produced sectoral intelligence on:

  1. Employment situation of the TCL sector including forecasts and trends
  2. Evolution of the TCL sector's occupations and the associated skills
  3. Innovative tools, national and regional strategies, initiatives, methods to monitor skills needs and address skill mismatch and gaps

This year’s final report, gathering the results of the above-mentioned work, represents an essential piece of sectoral intelligence towards the implementation of concrete actions for the benefit of the TCLF sectors in the fields of skills, education and training.

On the basis of the updated information, the TCLF ESSC maintains the relevance of the recommendations issued in 2012. For 2014, the Council has reshaped recommendations as one structural recommendation, defining the conditions in which the ESSC can maximise its impact on sectoral Employment and Skills, and four prioritised actions for implementation in the short-medium term by the ESSC through specific projects at national and European level.

On these basis, the future ESSC should:

  • increase the sectoral and territorial representativeness of the ESSC, taking into consideration the territorial distribution of the TCLF manufacturing and the national peculiarities in terms of production, added value and resident knowledge
  • implement and develop an efficient and harmonised system to collect and elaborate reliable data and information on employment and forecasting
  • involve more actively different categories of national and regional stakeholders, essential for the implementation of concrete projects
  • further develop cooperation and exchange of good practices among its members.

And the European Commission should:

  • support the TCLF ESSC through adequate resources, while keeping its autonomy and ensuring its medium to long term stability
  • foster the strategic complementary interaction between the ESSC and other initiatives on employment and skills (ESCO, EU Skills Panorama, European qualification framework, Sector Skills Alliances and Knowledge Alliances) and favour exchange of information on common long term objectives.

The ESSC shall exploit the sectoral intelligence developed and the established network of stakeholders to develop concrete projects aiming at:

  • supporting the implementation of communication strategies toward the new generations, emphasising the career opportunities in the EU TCLF sector and attracting new skilled workers to the industry
  • favouring the design and delivery of joint VET programmes, teaching and training methodologies, based on the evolving sectoral needs
  • creating a framework for a rapid response to the current evolution in business models, processes and sales strategies, in terms of continuous training and competences provision
  • developing a TCLF quality training certification scheme, on the basis of requirements already developed by national ISPs.
Annual Report 2012

Over the first year of activities, participating ISPs produced three analytical reports on:

  1. The evolution of Employment and Skills Needs
  2. The evolution of good practises and the consequent reduction of skills mismatch
  3. Innovative tools in employment and training policies in TCL industry

These constituted the basis for a series of recommendations established by the Social Partners to all sector stakeholders, calling:

  1. To support the TCL ESSC through adequate resources, while keeping its autonomy, to succeed its goal to become a fundamental tool of good governance in VCT, initial education and employment in the sector;
  2. To implement and develop national networks, aiming at favouring an efficient system to collect and elaborate reliable data and information;
  3. To support the implementation of inter-sectoral and transnational projects and working groups, linking innovation to skills development and evolution of the labour market;
  4. To use the ESSC as a facilitator to a transversal approach across the Commission services regarding the issues of skills, competences and labour market at sectoral level, in coherence with implementing policies stemming from the EU flagship initiatives;
  5. To support the implementation of communication strategies toward the new generations, aiming at attracting new skilled workers to the industry;
  6. To fully exploit the ESSC, in order to orientate their training offer and to create a model of excellence in sectoral training;
  7. The TCL Skills Council supports measures to increase attractiveness and implementation of the concept of Life Long Learning in our TCL sectors, in order to increase the internal and external employability of their skilled employees.

The three Reports and the Recommendations were compounded in a single document, which can be downloaded by clicking on the image above.

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