Find out all the partners of the "Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills" framework that support our goal of fostering the enrolment and continuation of education in the TCLF industries.


Portuguese Footwear, Components, Leather Goods Manufacturers'Association

APICCAPS is the managing entity of the Portuguese Cluster of Footwear and Fashion and it's based in Porto, Portugal's Fashion capital.

Founded in 1975, the association aims to promote the development of the Footwear, Leather and Footwear Components and, additionally, to boost their image worldwide. Not only APICCAPS promotes the Portuguese goods worldwide, but it also brings forth the representation of its 700 members. In order to promote ita umbrella sectors, APICCAPS manages the participation of its associated companies in about 50 international fairs and fashion shows, organises the participation in fashion editorials, combines the visit of foreign companies to Portugal and of companies to other countries. APICCAPS also coordinates the running of fashion shows for television and SoMe channels.

Besides the importance of communicating Portuguese Leather, Footwear and Leather Components to the world, APICCAPS has many areas of action. Among these, Internationalisation, National Labour Agreements, Innovation, Technology, Quality, Sustainability, Studies and Projects are just a few of the most important factors on which the association constantly invests.

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The European Confederation of the Footwear Industry

The European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) was created more than 30 years ago to be the voice of the European footwear industry in Brussels. The organisation gathers both footwear national associations and federations of the European Union and represents approximately 88% of total EU footwear production. The CEC has members in the Czech Republic, Italy, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

With the support of its national Members, CEC aims to facilitate fruitful collaborations between all categories of stakeholders throughout the supply chain with the objective to boost the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the European footwear sector.

This translates specifically into the promotion of the EU footwear industry&#39:s interests and values vis-à-vis EU institutions and international organisations, providing support to research and innovation to become a circular industry, helping foster employment and skills, and contributing to improve the perception of the sector by young people and their families.

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Associate laboratory CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials

Formerly Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials, CICECO has the mission of developing the scientific and technological knowledge necessary for the innovative production and transformation of ceramics and organic-inorganic hybrids and materials for a sustainable development.

CICECO is organised in 3 research lines (thematic axes transversal to groups) expressing areas of societal challenges, and 6 groups focused on materials. ‘Sustainability’ will be at the core of its work and computing modelling and simulation (‘Materials Genome’) will be pervasive.

CICECO is based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and is the largest Portuguese institute in the field of materials science and engineering, with over 480 people comprising 46 academic staff, 54 full-time researchers and, in December 2018, 111 post-doctoral associates, 166 PhD students and 88 other students.

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Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community

Located in Brussels, COTANCE is the representative body of the European leather producing industry and the voice of European tanners at European and international level. COTANCE aims the sustainable development of the leather sector in Europe and defends the interests of some 3,000 tanning installations across the continent employing directly about 30,000 people. Today, the leather/tanning industry in Europe represents a strategic segment of the manufacturing sector, thanks to the combination of tradition and continuous innovation.

European leather leads in terms of quality, technology, innovation, productivity, environmental performance, social accountability, design and style. Production of almost 8 billion euros worth of leather generates a turnover of around 125 billion euros for its customers, creating business and employment for over 40 thousand companies and 2 million people.

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The European Apparel And Textile Confederation

As the voice of the European textile and clothing industry, EURATEX works to achieve a favourable environment within the European Union for design, development, manufacture and marketing of textile and clothing products.

Based in Brussels and working together with EU institutions and other European and international stakeholders, EURATEX focuses on clear priorities: an ambitious industrial policy, effective research, innovation and skills development, free and fair trade, and sustainable supply chains.

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European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training

EVBB is a European umbrella association of non-profit providers of Vocational Education and Training (VET). Its goals are the qualitative improvement of vocational education and training in Europe and beyond and the increase of the efforts designed to promote VET as a first choice.

EVBB represents the Educational Sectors / Vocational Education and Training (VET) which comprises a network of 70 VET Institutions, 1,500 educational centres and 35,000 involved employees.

It is located in Frankfurt am Main.

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Federation of the European Sporting goods Industry

Founded in 1960 and based in Brussels, FESI is the unique platform representing the interests of the sporting goods industry in Europe. FESI represents approximately 1,800 sporting goods manufacturers and retailers (85% of the European market) through its national federations and its directly affiliated member companies. Around 75% of FESI's membership is made up of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. In total, the European Sporting Goods Industry employs over 700,000 EU citizens and has an annual turnover of some 81 billion euros.

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Italian Federation of Chemical, Energy and Manufacturing Workers – Italian General Confederation of Labour

FILCTEM-CGIL is a union trade with about 200,000 members in Italy, we subscribe 22 national labour contracts regarding of over 1,500,000 workers, a “network” organisation throughout the national territory. It has more than 20 regional offices and 105 territorial offices with thousands of members, and trade union representatives in each company.

Located in Rome, FILCTEM-CGIL operates in many important sectors of industry and crafts (chemical-pharmaceutical, textile-clothing and footwear, plastic rubber, glass, tanning and leather, ceramics and tiles, glasses, industrial laundries, lamps and displays), of the energy (oil, gas transport, mines) and high-tech services (electricity, water, gas).

FILCTEM, through CGIL, is affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC – CSI), the European Trade Union Confederation (CES) and two of its most representative federations: Epsu (public services), IndustriAll – European Trade Union (industry and manufactures) in Europe, respectively ISP and IndustriAll – Global Union at international level.

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Federation of Apparel & Textiles Industry Employers

PIOT is active in the international and domestic area, creating a positive image of the Polish clothing and textile sector and bringing new opportunities for it to increase competitiveness on the domestic and foreign market and representing the interest of entrepreneurs.

Based in Łódź PIOT proposes to establish support instruments for the sector from EU assistance funds and national sources; opinions on draft legal acts; presents proposals for legislative changes; prepares industry statistical analysis; establishes cooperation with foreign partners; creates a network of cooperative connections.

The Polish clothing and textile sector is 22.1 billion PLN worth (Textiles – PLN 14.1 billion, Clothing – PLN.9.9 billion) and employs 116,000 people (Textiles – 48.2 thousand people, Clothing 67.8 thousand people).

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Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry

The Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry (textil+mode) represents the interests of the entire industry on matters relating to economic, social and collective bargaining policies. The Confederation, located in Berlin, is the spokesperson for the industry on the international, economic, political and social arena. The most important objectives include securing the high-level innovation and maintaining the leading position for textile and fashion companies. Furthermore, to safeguard the general appeal of Germany as a commercial location compared to other countries in the world.

The German textile and fashion industry is a prestigious economic industry with a turnover of €32 billion and 135,000 employees in Germany. The industry produces in the following branches: Fashion and clothing textiles, House and home, Technical Textiles, Footwear and leather goods.

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Unioncamere Piemonte

Regional Union of the Chamber of commerce of Piedmont Region

Located in Torino and Brussels, Unioncamere Piemonte serves and represents the interests of the Regional Chamber System and pursues the Chambers'common goals. It promotes the joint exercise of functions, services and expertise amongst the associated Chambers and it ensures the relations with Regione Piemonte.

It also supports and promotes the general interests of the economic system and fosters initiatives that favour the development and internationalisation of the region's economy as well as the competitiveness of its enterprises. The beneficiaries are mainly regional Universities, R&D centers and companies, in particular SMEs.

Unioncamere Piemonte takes also over structured promotional programs on foreign markets, targeted to companies related to specific supply chains (especially on textile, agrofood, tourism).

To achieve this goal, it participates in the main international networks that bring together skills and relations on the local, national and European level. U.P. is a member of the Enterprise Europe Network that supports small and medium enterprises through services related to innovation and internationalisation to facilitate their growth and competitiveness.

Unioncamere Piemonte also represents EEN (Enterprise Europe Network) in partnering and supporting the “Blueprint for sectoral cooperation on skills”.

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Vocational German School Kronstadt

The Vocational German School Kronstadt is a national example in Romania of student professional practice, in partnership with the local community and industry, developing respect for work, aiming at being the main supplier of the competent workforce for the local industry, having competent, stable teachers and their own Kaizen Management system: effective, efficient and innovative.

All education is done in Romanian language and national minorities have the right to learn in Romanian and their native language.

All the courses foresee theory and practice lessons and last 3 years. Leather confectioner, CNC operator, mechatronic and tool maker are some of the main available courses, which all last three years and foresee theory as well as practice lessons. The education is free of charge and the Government gives scholarships to students from poor families or those from foster homes.