23 February 2024 — News, Projects

Learning Factories a leap toward the paradigm in VET, from the traditional model into a new approach

A new Erasmus+ project addressing innovative training in the Leather Goods industry was recently launched bringing together a European consortium led by the Portuguese SME Belcinto, and including Betangible (Spain), the European Footwear Confederation- CEC (Belgium), Centro Tecnológico do Calçado de Portugal, Fundación Centro Tecnológico de la Piel de Andalucía – MOVEX (Spain), Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi-TUIASI (Romania) and Globalnet (Poland).

The leather goods market currently employs more than 150,000 people in Europe and represents a high-end sector that is growing exponentially, is highly profitable and has an impact on the economy of various European countries. The sector is currently facing major challenges, namely the insufficient level of skilled workers due to rapid technological change, and the lack of attraction and retention of students and workers.

The so-called Learning Factories project aims to revolutionise the way training and qualifications work by proposing a new scheme of short-term training programmes for the leather goods industry, that respond faster to companies’ skills needs.

Read the full press release here!

The Learning Factories project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.