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Self-Training Kit

Self-Training Kit for the Leather Industry

STKThe Self Training Kit for the leather industry was completed in 2003 under the EU Leonardo programme coordinated by the Portuguese research centre (CTIC), with partners including COTANCE, ETUF:TLC, UKLF, LGR, ELKEDE, the Polish PCSLI, and Scalconsult.
The STK for the Leather Industry is available in 5 different languages (Portuguese, English, German, Polish, Greek) and aims at three particular professional profiles within the industry, Foremen, Sorters & Graders and Salesmen, although it is prepared to be used by anyone in the industry or anyone interested in knowing more about the Leather Industry.

Each STK consists of a manual, covering several modules and self-assessment questionnaires that will help in pinpointing the modules where skills would benefit from further enhancement. The STK also contains final assessment questionnaires that will help the employee understand whether he has progressed to a stage where he is competent in the modules identified as critical by the training needs self-assessment.

The modules in the STK are dedicated to the following subjects:
Leather Technology | New technologies | Quality Control | Health and Safety at work | Environmental technologies | Production Management | Maintenance | Team Work | European Law | Marketing | International Trade Rules.

The STK contents are available in a paper version – Dossiers – and also in a digital version – CD-ROM. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of the STK may contact us or one of the other partners.

Please note that the English version of the STK has run out.

One Leather Training

One Leather Training goes on line

(2005-2007) On 3rd October 2005 Europe’s leather research and training centres together with a number of European leather trade associations launched in Naples, at the SSIP, the start of “ONE LEATHER TRAINING”, a EU supported project that will develop, over the next two years, a multilingual Internet platform capable of delivering professional training and skills development for tannery workers and managers as well as initial training to unemployed people and first job seekers.

The project partners are CTIC (Portugal), LGR (Germany), ELKEDE (Greece), UK Leather Federation (former BLC, United Kingdom), PIPS (Poland), AIICA (Spain), SSIP (Italy) and ICPI (Romania). COTANCE and ETUF-TCL, the respective employers and workers organisations at EU level, as well as Scalconsult, a consultancy specialised in innovative training systems, will assist them.


Social and Environmental Reporting

A social project for the European Leather Industry (2008-2010) 

After a long preparatory phase and fruitful discussions and negotiations within the Committee of the Social Sectoral Dialogue Leather/Tanning, the Social Partners of the European Leather Industry approved in their Committee Meeting held on 17 June 2008 a Framework Agreement on Social and Environmental Reporting.

This document introduces a Standard for reporting Social and Environmental parameters relevant for the sector's SME's. It constitutes an innovation in the Social Sectoral Dialogue that follows up on the adoption of the Social Code of Conduct/Framework Agreement of the Sector's Social Partners signed in 2000. The Reporting Standard allows companies to draw up their Social Declaration in a harmonised fashion. Being a Standard reporting guide, it will allow at term to prepare a European Report on Social and Environmental performance.

The Social Reporting Project constitutes the first step of the Social Partners' implementation activities as indicated in the Framework Agreement. It consisted in translating the Framework Agreement in the various EU languages and providing a Template for facilitating the companies to draft their Social and Environmental Declaration.

This document has been printed in about 2000 copies so that the sector's most dynamic companies send them out to their customers.
All the linguistic versions of the Framework Agreement are available on this web-site.


Please send the dedicated website for more information and follow-up:


The SEETAL project

SEETAL stands for : EU Acquis familiarisation and organisational strengthening of South-Eastern European Business Representative Organisations of the Textile, Apparel and Leather Sectors.

After the successful completion of the first Perfect Link project, the EU textile and leather associations, EURATEX and COTANCE, started a similar project for Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Turkey (only textiles).

The general aim of this project is to improve capacities and skills of participating BROs to support member as well as non-member companies to comply with and take advantage of those issues of the acquis that are most relevant to the textile/clothing and leather industries.

Actions included:

* Specialised seminars on acquis subjects for BROs staff and local specialists relevant for the textile, clothing and leather sector
* Follow-up Assistance to each BROs.
* Organisation of national public events
* Establishment of a one-stop-shop service

The project started in 2008 and lasted for 18 months, until mid-2009.


EUREKA - Training Multilingual Leather Technical Dictionary 

EUREKA is a computer based glossary of leather terms providing easy access to 9 linguistic versions of about 2300 terms, clearly defined in English. With interactive and multi-media support, this tool fosters the understanding of the terms, and improves communication with partners speaking a different language.

Sponsored by the EU Commission in the framework of a Leonardo project, EUREKA was developed by  8 leather research and training centres (AIICA/ES, BLC/UK, CTC/FR, CTIC/PT, DTI/DK, ELKEDE/GR, LGR/DE, SSIP/IT and ICPI/Romania), working under the umbrella of their European trade association (COTANCE/BE). 

EUREKA provides operators with an innovative training tool that will improve very specific skills in the European leather industry. Each term can be seen as a database where information is expandable. Starting from an initial set of « Picture Files », users can expand the database by adding other files, such as additional pictures, short trailers, sounds or Word documents. This self-training activity can be performed in open and distant learning systems by linking up to individual or collective sources of intelligence (Tanning Schools, TANNET, Web sources, etc.). As a result it provides every user with a rational, intellectual framework for Continuing Vocational Training (CVT).

EUREKA promotes lifelong learning and training in that it constitutes a personal and upgradable database concentrating technical and managerial intelligence that the user can tailor and adjust continuously according to the development of his career in the leather sector.

Linguistic versions available: English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Greek, Portuguese, Danish, Romanian.

To order a copy, download this form, print it, and send it to COTANCE by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or fax (+32.2.512.91.57).