Because of changing labour market needs, skills intelligence is crucial to reform and design education and training programmes that will stand the test of time. Revising and creating new/updated occupational profiles and the corresponding skills, drawing on from the classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) and existing competence frameworks and updating or designing new curricula are the main ongoing activities of WP7, led by Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iaşi (TUIASI). Thanks to the outcomes of the survey to 225 TCLF companies and the domain expertise of the S4TCLF partnership, 8 occupations have been identified that are both in high demand from European TCLF companies and in need of a curriculum refreshment. Among these professional profiles, four are sectoral:
- Clothing CAD Pattern Maker,
- Textile Technologist,
- Leather Technologist,
- Footwear 3D CAD Designer & Pattern Maker
and four are transversal applying to all 4 subsectors:
- (Digital) Supply Chain Analyst,
- Sustainability Technician,
- Digital Marketing Professional,
- Process & Production Timeline Analyst
Focus groups and interviews with VET providers, lecturers or sectoral experts have been organised throughout the month of June and July 2019 in the 9 participating countries in order to validate these 8 new or updated occupational profiles.
CLOTHING CAD PATTERN MAKER
He/she designs, evaluates, adjusts and modifies patterns, cutting plans and technical files for all kinds of wearing apparel using CAD systems, acting as interfaces with digital printing, cutting and assembly operations. They are aware of the technical requirements on quality, manufacturability and cost assessment. He/she supports the entire prototyping/sampling process within the clothing company and is able to understand and to transform the design specifications into technical requirements for manufacturing.
He/she is in charge of the optimisation of both traditional and innovative textile manufacturing systems management, and in charge of developing products and spinning, weaving, knitting and finishing. He/she has skills and knowledge related to both the mechanical processing of fibres/filaments into yarns and manufacturing of all types of textile products. The Textile Technologist also possesses scientific knowledge about the structure and properties of raw materials and textile products. He/she provides solutions to increase the efficiency throughout the entire production cycle and has a deep understanding of production problems and how to solve them.
He/she is responsible for the technical management of all production departments within a tannery, from the selection of the raw materials to tanning, retanning and finishing leather according to the specifications given. He/she secures leather quality, evaluate its fitness for use and ensures process and product sustainability. This professional may be responsible for innovation in an organisation, in terms of systems, processes and products. Working in a tannery implies sound relationships with all departments across the business and with the customers.
FOOTWEAR 3D CAD DESIGNER & PATTERN MAKER
He/she designs, adjusts and modifies patterns for all kinds of footwear using CAD systems, working as interface team between design and production teams. He/she transforms the designer’s specifications from the digital lasts into technical requirements, updates footwear concepts to manufacturing lines. His/her main activities are on footwear pattern engineering, which may include: selecting/designing lasts and footwear components, selecting materials, designing and making patterns for uppers, linings and bottom components, producing technical drawings for various ranges of tools. He/she collaborates in the prototyping/sampling process, and is able to grade, produce and test the sizing samples.
(DIGITAL) SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYST (TCLF)
He/she conducts data gathering and analysis and provides solutions to cut costs and to increase the efficiency throughout the entire product life cycle within the TCLF companies. His/her responsability is to improve supply chain operations in relation to sourcing and procurement of raw materials, their traceability, movement of supplies inside the manufacturing stages and delivering the goods to the final parties including end consumers or retailers.
He/she is responsible for anticipating and identifying social, environmental and economic risks in order to propose and implement plans and measures ensuring that TCLF manufacturing processes and products comply with given public and private standards and legislation on labour and environmental issues, health & safety regulations and social responsibility. He/she is able to monitor and improve the environmental and social impacts according to both the company’s business strategy and client requirements.
DIGITAL MARKETING PROFESSIONAL
He/she has knowledge of e-commerce, digital marketing, social media, management and online sales methods, bank payments and other activities related to the electronic trade in TCLF products. He/she helps enhance brand value and brand awareness. He/she gets valuable insights by conducting marketing research and he/she ensures customer satisfaction by forming long-term relationships with customers.
PROCESS & PRODUCTION TIMELINE ANALYST
He/she is responsible for gathering, elaborating, storing, using and sharing digital process data in reference to compliance to customers’ requirements, process performance, including technical sheets and production instructions, duration, energy efficiency, as well as production and machinery maintenance. He/she analyses and applies method and time studies on manufacturing operations and tasks, in order to provide solutions for optimising the production process in a TCLF company.