Title STEP TO SUSTAINABILITY – How to Implement Sustainable Manufacturing in Footwear – new occupational profile and training opportunities
Project Number 539823-LLP-1-2013-1-PT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Sustainability in Footwear is understood as a matter of sportswear big players, with many brands divulging their concern on protecting people and environment, adopting an environmental friendly communication approach. The market for “green shoes” is in an expanding development, reflecting the big change in the consumer behaviour worldwide, becoming a huge opportunity of growth for the Footwear sector in Europe, especially casual /fashion segment. This segment of footwear is constituted by SMEs without qualified resources in this matter, for whom it’s important that all the knowledge, competences and skills in this field to be centralized in one person/professional. The main objective of the project STEP to SUSTAINABILITY is to design, develop and piloting a new job qualification profile and correspondent training on the subject of “Footwear Sustainable Manufacturing” capable of coping with a visible shortage of vocational skills, acting on the best use of the development outcomes in the field of materials, machinery, processes in the frame of many European Research & Development Projects with sustainable purposes, improving competitiveness in Footwear.
Summary Footwear worldwide production reached 21 billion pairs in 2011 with Asia at the top, with and overall share of 87%. Europe with its 3% share of production is responsible for 11% share of exportations with the highest worldwide average price close to 25 USD, against Asia’s 5 USD. European Footwear Industry definitely found its positioning in terms of price but the potential of Asia shouldn’t be overlooked, as well as other players in Oceania and South America. European footwear industry is constantly looking for aspects that differentiate products and services, namely and more recently the sustainable manufacturing which comprehends a multifaceted framework from design till distribution. Consumer behaviour toward sustainable conscientiousness opens notably opportunities for growth for European Footwear Industry. However, there’s a lack of qualified human resources at technical and managerial level, capable to support footwear companies, mainly SME, in a universe of 21.000 companies, in the implementation of sustainable manufacturing strategies. Therefore, a consortium composed by the most representative research and training centres, associations and companies, from the most representative countries of European Footwear, decided to undertake the challenge of creating, developing and piloting a new occupation and qualification profile and correspondent training, integrating ECVET and EQAVET, to cope with the shortage of vocational education skills in this field, anticipating a major need in the near future, mainstreaming in Education & Training Systems and contributing for a systemic view on sustainable manufacturing implementation strategies in Footwear, improving competitiveness and job opportunities.
The Project aims at creating, designing, developing and piloting a new occupation and qualification profile and correspondent training course on the subject of “How to implement sustainable manufacturing in Footwear” coping with the visible shortage of VET skills in this field targeted to Footwear and Leather Goods sector, as well as anticipating the major need of this skills and competences in the near future, mainstreaming it in Education & Training Systems and contributing for a systemic view on sustainable manufacturing strategies implementation in Footwear, from all stakeholders, for the benefit of the European Footwear Industry competitiveness and enhancement of job opportunities. Products including, among others, a b-learning course combining e-learning and work based training workshops, will be delivered in En, Pt, Sp, It, Ro, Sl, Cz, Fr & De.
The specific objectives are the following:
To develop a deep knowledge on occupation and training needs to implement sustainable manufacturing in Footwear and possible existing learning opportunities;
To develop a new occupation/qualification profile of the expert in sustainability, capable to deal with all frameworks of sustainability;
To develop a learning programme capable of coping with the identified training needs, according to ECVET;
To develop training units targeted to the new;
To development the b-learning course, including e-learning component and work based learning workshops;
To pilot the results;
To create awareness for the need of a sustainable manufacturing strategy;
To exploit results through European, national and local networks and platforms, enterprises, business organisations, guidance organisations, as well as other relevant media, inside and outside Europe.
To enlarge the networking between the partners.
The consortium is composed by a diverse range of partners which work together in a regular basis in projects in many field of action, namely training/education, R&DT, Promotion, and Sustainability and they are capable of taking advantages of the possible synergies. The project idea has arisen from their recent common work. The partners countries represent the most important players in footwear in Europe and together meet the all necessary competences to undertake the project activities.
The Work plan is divided into 10 work packages with a global duration of 30 months starting in October 2013 and ending in March 2016. Includes 6 implementation work packages linked to the main tangible project product/results and project objectives and correspondent target-groups; 4 transversal work packages namely Project Management, Quality Assurance Plan and Project Evaluation, Project Dissemination and Project Exploitation and each one contains a group of activities and tasks which allow to cope with the objectives and results foreseen.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
open and distance learning
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
The products will be delivered in the following languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Slovenian, Czech, French and German:
- Research on training needs based on evidences - Competences and skills to implement sustainable manufacturing in Footwear among Europe companies/ Universities/ technical schools/ET entities;
- New qualification profile based in a new research combined with already existing studies on sustainable manufacturing;
- Training Programme to fit the new qualification profile, according to the presuppositions of ECVET for credits transfers (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training)
- Learning units based on qualifications targeted to the new profile an other people in companies, with association to assessment procedures, transferability, validation and accumulation of learning outcomes achieved in formal, informal and non-formal contexts - integrating ECVET (European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training) and quality assurance principles EQAVET;
- E-learning course;
- Results piloting reports;
- Quality Evaluating Report
- Dissemination material and events for exploitation of results.