The European Footwear Industry

A handicrafted and yet a contemporary industry...

...full of creativity and design...

...a key part of the fashion industry...

...a key part of the fashion industry...

...constantly adapting to new trends and demographics through advanced techonologies...

...concerned about safety...

...durability and high standards...

...ensuring consumer’s health and comfort...

...respecting the environment...

...delighting consumers with innovative business approaches...

...and always looking ahead and towards differentiation.

Ongoing Projects



Skills4Smart TCLF 2030 - Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear

Programme: Erasmus + (591986-EPP-1-2017-1-BE-EPPKA2-SSA-B)

Duration: January 2018 - December 2021

Objective: To attract, train, and qualify people to work in the Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear  (TCLF) sectors through the creation of a robust and sustainable network of public and private actors committed to supporting skills development and creating employment opportunities in these sectors.


Attracting New Skilled Workforce for Quality Jobs in the European Footwear Sector

Programme: Social Dialogue (VS/2017/0006)

Duration: February 2018 - February 2019              


Objective: To address the recruitment of young workers and define mid-term strategies for attracting, training and hiring them, providing them with the necessary opportunities to obtain quality jobs within the footwear industry.


Digital TCLF 2025 - EU Textile, Clothing, Leather, and Footwear


Programme: Erasmus + (575850-EPP-1-2016-1-BE-EPPKA2-SSA)

Duration: December 2016 - November 2018

Objective: To bring updated digital skills to the European textile, clothing, leather and footwear (TCLF) sectors by identifying the skills needed to embrace the digitalisation of industrial production, and increase the competitiveness of European companies.


Fit to Comfort - Skills Alliance for comfort & healthy footwear manufacturing - new qualification programme and innovative training opportunities

Programme: Erasmus + (562333-EPP-1-2015-1- PT-EPPKA2-SSA)

Duration: November 2015 - October 2018 

Objective: To create, pilot, and certify a new qualification profile and corresponding ICT and work-based training to address the identified skills and competences gap in comfort and healthy footwear.


Shoes Made in EU - The European Shoemaker

Programme: Erasmus + (2015 - 1- PLO1-KA202-016442)

Duration: October 2015 - September 2017

Objective: To strengthen Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the footwear sector through the development of a new curriculum for shoemakers, focusing on the engineering and manufacturing process.



Knowledge4Foot - Knowledge Platform for Transferring Research and Innovation in Footwear

Programme: Erasmus + (2015 - 1- RO01 -KA203-015198)Manufacturing

Duration: September 2015 - September 2018

Objective: To create a curriculum and platform for internships/project-based learning, which will allow interns to transfer research and development skills and knowledge to  the footwear sector. 


Learn2Work - Production Schools model to attract learners into footwear careers  


Programme: Erasmus + (2015 - 1- PT01 -KA02 -013084)

Duration:October 2015 - April 2018

Objective: To promote youth employment in the footwear sector through the development of a curriculum adapted from the Danish "Production School" model, which is based on learning by practice.


HES: High-End Shoe - Innovative training for luxury footwear manufacturing  

Programme: Erasmus+ (2014-1-PT01-KA202-000952)

Duration: October 2014 - October 2017

Objective: To maintain and strengthen the high-end and luxury footwear production across EU, promoting new generations of highly-skilled manufacturers thanks to the creation, development and pilot of an innovative and flexible ICT based training in footwear manufacturing.


CO2Shoe - Enhance eco-design: The footwear sector carbon footprint

Programme: Life + (LIFE12 ENV/ES/000243)

Duration: October 2013- September 2017


Objective: To reduce the environmental impact derived from footwear manufacturing in terms of climate change. To develop and facilitate the use of a carbon footprint tool   specific to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions produced in the manufacturing of each pair of shoes. 


Step 2 Sustainability - How to implement Sustainable Manufacturing in Footwear - new occupational profile and training opportunities

Programme: Lifelong Learning Programme - Leonardo Da Vinci (2013-3213/001-001)

Duration: October 2013 - March 2016

Objective: To create, design, develop and pilot a new occupation and qualification profile and correspondent training course, coping with the shortage of VET skills in the field of sustainable manufacturing.  


European Skills Council - Textile, Clothing, Leather & Footwear (TCLF) 

Platform for the exchange of best practices and the fostering of alliances within the TCLF sector

 Duration: 2008 onwards

Objective: to improve the level of education, skills and employment in the Textile, Clothing Leather and Footwear industries through an effective networking of the Industry Skills Partnerships (i.e. national observatories) and of the EU Social partners of the TCLF sector, as well as through facilitating decision-making on education and training issues in the sector at European, national, regional and company levels.


eBIZ Textile, Clothing and Footwear

 A Public private initiative to support e-Business in the fashion industry

Duration: 2008 onwards

Objective: To create a favourable environment for the European textile clothing and footwear industries that stimulates and enables the uptake of ICT and e-Business technologies to harmonize business processes and data exchange architectures and standards, at European or international level, within the textile/clothing and footwear industries.



Making connections and crossing borders with design, craft and manufacturer across Europe

Programme: Competitiveness and nnovation Framework Programme

Objective: To promote design and innovation through the support of partnerships between Designers and Enterprises (manufacturers, retailers, craftsmen, technology companies) in fashion, textiles, jewellery, footwear, eyewear, furniture, fur, leather industries, from different EU member states to coach them, and showcase the prototypes in specific connected events.