The Textiles ecosystem includes the production of textiles, apparel, footwear, leather and jewellery.
Find out more about the LSP(s) in this ecosystem and their commitments below:
The TCLF sector, comprising textiles, clothing, leather and footwear, is part of complex and interlinked value chains of fashion, high-end industries and relevant innovative technologies. However, despite innovation and creativity, the TCLF industry faces increasing skill gaps and shortages, primarily due to its ageing workforce, a mismatch between education and industry’s needs, technological change and low levels of worker mobility. In addition, the sector suffers from an image problem that causes difficulties in attracting recruits, especially younger workers, creating significant skills gaps along the entire supply value chain.
Size of the labour market
According to 2022 data, the sector employs 1,3 million workers in 143,000 companies in Europe.
Commitments made under the Pact for Skills
The TCLF partnership, represented by industry, European, national and regional organisations, education providers and research centres, clusters and public authorities, is committed to investing in large-scale skills partnerships, guaranteeing the exchange of best practices and increasing the attractiveness of the sector by expanding the offer of apprenticeships in the TCLF industry by 20%, creating and supporting 20 regional partnerships across the EU, establishing a TCLF Skills Observatory, increasing diversification of TCLF workforce by up to 5% each year and the enrolment of students and workers from other sectors in TCLF VET/HE programmes by 5% each year.
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