The project main goal is to prepare the EU footwear sector with the necessary skills to embrace the challenge of the transition towards a sustainable, human-centric and resilient industry, transcending efficiency and productivity objectives.
The action is aligned with the EU Pact for Skills for the Textile, Clothing, Leather and Footwear sectors (EU TCLF Pact for Skills) to upskill/ reskill workers, allying benefits not only for workers, but also for the companies and society. The project outcomes will contribute to ensure that workers acquire the needed skills to support the green and digital transition in footwear factories across Europe.
The countries initially targeted are Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain, and stakeholders from other EU countries will also be invited to participate at a lower scale.
Shoe 5.0 intends to make an additional step towards the digital transformation of footwear Vocational Education Training (VET) in Europe, and for that purpose, two main audiences will be particularly targeted and involved in the project activities:
Footwear workforce Which includes current footwear workers and managers in footwear and leather good companies. The main objectives regarding this group are to maintain their interest and increase their motivation to work in the sector, as well as to capacitate them with the relevant latest skills and competencies.
VET teachers, trainers Coaches and respective stakeholders from other related industries, such as leather goods, footwear components, etc. The education community takes centre stage when it comes to the digital transition of teaching practices. Since VET providers and teachers are designing the study programmes for students, they have the opportunity to incorporate new teaching tools and methods.