Anticipate skills’ needs and promote cooperation between industry and vocational and educational training are two objectives of Skills Agenda for Europe.
In Portugal (PT), Spain (ES) and Romania (RO) the VET System offers several profiles/qualifications in the area of clothing (for example, fabric seamstress, knitwear seamstress, dressmaker and tailor, clothing designer) which are disproportionate/insufficient to accomplish today’s companies needs and challenges: quick response capability, high quality of the products, eco-friendly solutions, digital competences, I&D+I, work-based learning methodologies for workers. These challenges require human resources with new (technical and transversal) competences and qualifications.
CosTUmE – Clothing Technician Profile Update via Education emerged to face such challenges and act upon urgent need felt by the textile and clothing industry and qualification gap. In alignment with the Skills Agenda for Europe, the project intends to:
- Identify needs, trends and patterns in demands for skills and jobs (skills intelligence) for T&C sector;
- Improve the attractiveness, quality and relevance of training in the clothing area;
- Create and update a Clothing Technician profile and skills more visible and comparable facilitating the mobility of qualified people in the EU;
- Increase the textile and clothing sector attractiveness and capture of talents, contributing, at the same time, to increase the employability of young people;
- Produce information to enable people make better career choices in UE and help them to find higher quality jobs and improve their life chances;
- Reinforce networking, partnerships and VET policy coherence among different stakeholders at European, regional and country levels among project implementation and after the end of the project.
The project will last 24 months, starting in October 2018, and during this period it will engage 156 Textile and clothing employers’ representatives (companies, managers, technological experts, internal trainers); 141 VET providers (managers, trainers, guidance professionals and consultants); 15 Sectorial social partners and associations (managers, trainers, technicians); 6 National regulatory VET authorities (managers, technicians, sectorial council).
Through the project’s results, such as a roadmap on qualification needs and WBL good practices for the T&C sector, a Clothing Technician Profile and Qualification, an ECVET Matrix, a tutorial guide for EU mobility and a training package about Clothing Technician Profile and Qualification for trainers, CosTUmE expects to:
- Open the pathways for diminishing skills mismatches between he qualification offer and labour demands in the textile and clothing sector;
- Increase the interest of youngers in enrolling in technical qualifications by contributing to a positive perspective of the textile and clothing sector;
- Increase the interest of textile and clothing workers in updating their qualification;
- Intensify the awareness-raising of textile and clothing companies in the need of promote internal mechanisms that motivate/support their workers in updating their qualification;
- Foster European mobility as a way of youngers and unemployed persons to increase their employability opportunities;
- Validation and recognition of the clothing technician profile qualification by at least one national regulatory VET authority.