Leather is my Job! partners launch a Photo-Contest and prepare for the Final Conference on 8 June in Igualada
On 23 February 2017, COTANCE and industriAll-European Trade Union met in Lineapelle to review the progress of the Leather is my Job! project with their partners. That morning, the LIMJ! partnership was invited to attend the “Amici per la Pelle” event organised by the Italian leather industry and Mr Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano had the opportunity to address the 1100 students, promote the appeal to work in the leather industry and present the LIMJ! initiative.
Representatives from UKLF (United Kingdom), VDL (Germany), FFTM (France), APIC (Portugal), BDSZ (Hungary), UGT-FICA (Spain), FILCTEM-CGIL (Italy), as well as UNIC that adhered to the initiative, took stock of the many national activities developed to promote the leather sector as an attractive employer to young people. These include dedicated printed material presenting testimonies of people working in the industry and explaining education, training and career opportunities, open-days organised at tanneries, visits to schools or attendance to job fairs. These activities are regularly reported on on the project website and facebook page (see hereunder) with links to downloadable material that can be used as promotional tools for both sides of industry to attract young people into the world of leather.
At their meeting in Lineapelle, the LIMJ! project partners decided to launch a European Photo Contest depicting “people at work” in tanneries and showing the appeal of working with leather. The EU project partners will award the two best pictures with a symbolic monetary prize. A 3rd Prize will be awarded to the picture most liked by the public. This is an invitation for transnational interaction between people sharing the same affinities at work. All winners will be invited to attend the Final Project Conference in Igualada on 8 June 2017. The details of the contest can be found on the LIMJ! website or can be obtained from the national leather trade sssociations in the umbrella of COTANCE.
This second “Leather is my Job!” initiative will conclude its activities by mid-May and present them all in a Final Conference that will take place in Igualada, the reknown Catalan leather cluster. ACEXPIEL, the Spanish leather trade association, offered hosting the European leather community on June 8 for a day of review and discussions on and around leather, its image and the jobs that it offers now and in the future.
COTANCE and industriAll-European Trade Union look forward to increased interest in the leather industry as a source of wealth and jobs for the communities where it is established and to more interaction between the cities and regions supporting its development.
Brussels, February 2017
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Project website: http://euroleather.com/index.php/leather-is-my-job
Leather is my Job ! wins European Commission support for a follow-up phase
After a highly successful first project on the promotion of jobs in the EU leather industry, COTANCE and industriAll are happy to announce that a follow-up project will be rolled out throughout 2016 and half 2017.
The objectives of this second initiative mainly focus on enlarging and deepening the results achieved.
“The feedback received from the industry in Europe to our first project, both from workers and businesses, was so encouraging that we did not hesitate to pursue our objectives further in the field,” said the EU social partners of the leather industry at their kick-off meeting.
They also reported positive reactions from extra-EU sources and from leather value chain partners. “This is highly encouraging,” said Mr Luc Triangle, Deputy General Secretary of industriAll-European Trade Union, “as it denotes that we are on the right track in the social dialogue of our sector.” COTANCE’s Secretary General, Mr Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, added “I am very pleased that through this initiative, Luc and I bring Europe closer to the leather businesses and workers who many not always see all that is done at EU level in support of the industry.”
This second Leather is my Job! Project will bring together the sectoral trade associations and/or trade unions from: France, Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, the UK, Romania, Sweden, Italy, Austria, and Hungary.
Activites developed at national level will focus on open-days in tanneries, visits to schools, contact with employment agencies, participation in job fairs, etc. A meeting of all project partners schedules for March 2016 will look at the national initiatives and decide on the definitive activities to be performed.
EU social partners are also going to reach out for other sector’s organisations not yet involved and offer them the possibilities to engage in the initiative. COTANCE and industriAll-ETU are particularly thinking of central and Eastern leather industry actors to allow them to join the collective endeavour for the sake of the image of leather and the promotion of its potential as a career option for people, notably young entrants into the labour market who can find quality jobs in Europe.
Brussels, December 2015
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Europe’s Social Partners meet in Edinburgh to review progress in their “Leather is my job!” initiative
The Scottish city of Edinburgh hosted the Mid-Term meeting of the “Leather is my job!” project developed by the Social Partners of the European Leather Industry with the support of the European Commission. The objective of this Social Dialogue initiative is to awake the appetite of people, in particular young people thinking about their professional careers, for the leather industry. By providing the testimonies of those already working in the industry and conveying the reasons for their career choice, both sides of the leather industry intend to break certain deeply rooted misconceptions about this profession that is offering good jobs.
In Edinburgh, the project partners from the UK, France, Spain, Portugal and Romania reviewed the progress in the collection of testimonies and the lessons drawn from the two regional workshops organised (Northampton, UK; Bucharest, RO) in May. 25 tanneries in 7 countries provided 51 testimonies and more are yet to come. The appeal of the initiative to the industry exceeded the Social Partners’ initial expectations, a sign indicating the appropriateness of the project. Also the two regional workshops were much appreciated, notably for the insight they provided in both “new and old” EU Member States in a number of areas regarding apprenticeships, education, training, skills and qualifications and the commonality of the challenges and opportunities.
Under the chair of the EU Social Partners, COTANCE and industriAll, the project partners took a number of operational decisions regarding activities related to the preparation of the promotional material and the organisation of the final event of the initiative.
Final Conference in Bucharest on 23 October
“Leather is my job!” will be showcased at the 5th ICAMS 2014 Opening. Indeed, the project’s final event will take place in Bucharest on the 23rd of October 2014 where the material produced will be presented to the public. ICAMS is the International Conference on Advanced Materials and Systems organised by ICPI, the Romanian Leather Technology Institute. Every second year, it gathers the scientific community, businessmen, educators and academia as well as students and public authorities around innovation in the industrial production of materials and systems in the leather sector. Registrations are still open for anyone wishing to attend the 5th ICAMS in Bucharest.
On that occasion, the European Social Partners of the Leather industry will present the result of their one-year project and illustrate the lessons learned during its development.
COTANCE and industriAll European Trade Union kick-start their joint project “Leather is my Job!”
On 13 December 2013, COTANCE hosted the kick-off meeting of “Leather is my Job!”, a project jointly developed with industriAll European Trade Union for promoting the Leather-Tanning Sector as an attractive choice for young people and job-seekers. This initiative of the sector’s social partners has the support of the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs.
For many companies in Europe’s tanning sector it becomes increasingly difficult to recruit qualified people in spite of the current high level of unemployment. For too long other sectors have appeared more attractive to young people, diverting attention from more traditional sectors such as the leather industry. Europe’s leather sector believes, however, that a reversal of this trend is underway, with an increasing interest by young people in manual work and craftsmanship, design, authenticity of natural materials, and more environment-friendly industries. The tanning industry offers all that; it recovers and recycles a residue of the meat industry and transforms it into leather, one of the world’s most prestigious and highly demanded materials.