During a high-level roundtable on skills for the textiles, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors, the president of the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium, Alberto Paccanelli addressed European Commissioners Thierry Breton and Nicolas Schmit.
In his remarks, Paccanelli insisted that addressing the skills challenges will be an essential condition to make a successful transition of the industry. These challenges relate to the ageing workforce and difficulties to attract young talents, and the need for new skills – related to digitalization and sustainable production. He asked support to the European Commission to increase already existing up/re-skilling activities, and in attracting younger generations to work in the sector.
These issues were presented during the “Pact for Skills roundtable”. Several representatives from the industry and related stakeholders explained that these trends not only affect the workforce of EU companies, but more broadly the competitiveness of the industry. A “Pact for Skills” can offer the right framework for developing a new framework, if well designed and implemented.
“The Pact for Skills initiative can be the driver for change in a sector which is going through a substantial transformation” commented Alberto Paccanelli.
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