Textile and Clothing Knowledge Alliance. Future textile and clothing managers for export, marketing and innovation
The TECLO project aims to provide European Textiles and Clothing Managers with more advanced social, entrepreneurial and management skills needed to implement export oriented strategies, non-technological and marketing innovation, re-engineer processes according to sustainability, CSR and Quality, and – most importantly – entrepreneurship in order to adapt to changing environments.
Textiles and clothing, among the most important sectors of activity in Europe with more than 3 million people employed, has been severely affected by crisis and restructuring processes. Crisis, globalisation, internationalisation, strong competition and mass customisation in that respect pose huge challenges, comprising both risks and opportunities.
If looking at the ongoing changes, can be seen that the qualification requirements are changing throughout the sector, while the higher education provision is no more able to offer suitable solutions. Thus, active measures must be implemented across the EU in order to provide the sector with know-how for a better anticipation and positive management of change, better adapting to the sector’s future skills need (Lisbon Strategy).
CIAPE coordinated a consortium of fourteen partners from eight European countries: Italy, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Romania, Slovenia, Poland, France.
The consortium pursued relevant objectives:
– Development of sectoral methods for anticipation of skills needs;
– Implementation of specific actions to stimulate employers to co-invest and participate in the activities of higher education institutions, research and business centres with the scope to address new skills requirements;
– Development of a new flexible, innovative learning approach and delivery method for the textiles and clothing HEI sector, taking into account barriers existing among SMEs and micro enterprises and based on experiential learning / real-life situations;
– Set-up of the EU curricula for the new professional profile of the TECLOM, endowed with more advanced social, entrepreneurial and management skills;
– Developing flexible devices for validation, transfer and recognition of entrepreneurial skills, using ECVET principles;
– Development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for the new TECLOM – a freely accessible and openly licensed online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web – with a strong use of simulation and real-life situations;
– Set up of an European Development Network for TECLOM pooling the assets of universities, research centres, SMEs and large companies together.
Erasmus+ – Knowledge Alliance
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