The attractiveness of the sector of the European textile and apparel sector should be improved by acknowledging the skills challenge in the textiles ecosystem, and the commitment to invest in reskilling and upskilling workers, integrating green and digital skills. On December 16, 2021, 118 organizations signed the Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) Pact for Skills, an initiative promoted by the European Commission (EC) and coordinated by European Apparel and Textile Confederation (Euratex), Brussels/Belgium. Members of the pact will benefit from networking, guidance and resources offered by the EC to implement the targets which are proposed in the pact.
The Pact for Skills is part of the EU Industrial Strategy, addressing the competitiveness of 14 critical ecosystems, including textiles. The main aim is maximizing the impact of investments in improving existing skills (upskilling) and training in new skills (reskilling). To reach such an ambitious goal, the pact gathers various actors in the TCLF sectors: industry, employers, social partners, national and regional authorities, education and training providers. These actors should work together and invest in large-scale skills partnerships, guarantee exchange of best practices and increase the attractiveness of the sector.
Specifically, the TCLF Pact for Skills focuses on 5 objectives and for each of them, the signatories identified a certain number of target actions: promoting a culture of lifelong learning for all; building a strong skills partnership with relevant stakeholders; monitoring skills supply/demand and anticipating skills needs; working against discrimination and for gender equality and equal opportunities as well as raising awareness & attractiveness on the TCLF industries.
As of early 2022, the European Commission will offer signatories of the Pact for Skills to benefit from collaboration at EU, national and regional levels and in particular gain access to networking, knowledge and guidance & resource hubs.