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In February 2024, in the context of the EU Pact for Skills, the textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors launched AEQUALIS-4-TCLF, a new EU co-funded project under ERASMUS+ Programme that brings together 19 partners mainly from Eastern and Northern Europe who will work together in the coming 4 years to give a boost to upskilling and reskilling of workers in the TCLF industry.

The AEQUALIS4TCLF project focuses on addressing the skills gaps existing in the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear (TCLF) industries in the European Union, emphasizing equality, innovation, and resilience. Similar to the METASKILLS4TCLF project, the AEQUALIS4TCLF project will provide a broader geographical cooperation capacity while anticipating and responding to new skills gaps with innovative educational multi-level resources.

Furthermore, the project will emphasize equality in the sectors and address the specific needs of migrant workers in certain countries. The project will involve relevant stakeholders such as industry representatives, chambers of commerce, employers’ associations, HE and VET providers embodied in 8 European countries.

Following the blueprint project SMART4TCLF and complementary to the METASKILLS4TCLF project, AEQUALIS4TCLF prioritizes creating strong links with regional and local entities to boost skills initiatives and establishing an EU-wide Network of TCLF vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) providers. Based on the results from the skills gap analysis, AEQUALIS4TCLF will develop new national skills strategies in seven countries to address specific regional needs, setting a clear path for workforce development with special attention to addressing discrimination and promote diversity in the TCLF industries.


AEQUALIS Group 06 03 2024